The Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska — A cold-case murder trial has started in Juneau involving the shooting of a SeaTac woman by her boyfriend at Yakutat’s Glacier Bear Lodge in 1996.
The Juneau Empire reports the case involving the shooting death of Sandra Perry by Robert Kowalski was re-opened in 2009 after Kowalski was convicted of homicide for killing a different girlfriend in Montana in 2008.
The incident involving Perry took place in their bedroom at the lodge on July 21, 1996. It was then ruled accidental. He’s facing first- and second-degree murder charges.
Kowalski, who then lived in Auburn, said he heard a bear at the bedroom window and grabbed his Mossberg 12-gauge. He tripped over a chord on his way to the window, causing the gun to discharge, killing Perry.