Homer woman indicted for murder of Soldotna man

Keith Huss of Soldotna was found shot to death in late September, troopers say

Sarah Dayan. (Photo courtesy Alaska State Troopers)

Sarah Dayan. (Photo courtesy Alaska State Troopers)

A grand jury has indicted a Homer woman on counts of murder, theft and tampering with evidence following the death of a Soldotna man in late September.

Sarah Dayan, 35, was indicted on one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of vehicle theft and a count of tampering with physical evidence on Oct. 15 in the death of Keith Huss, according to a Tuesday press release from the Alaska Department of Law. She was arrested on Oct. 1 in Seward by the Alaska State Troopers and was subsequently charged.

Huss, of Soldotna, was found dead shortly after midnight on Sept. 29 in a pull out near Mile 68.5 Seward Highway in Turnagain Pass. According to troopers, Huss was shot and had trauma injuries.

“Court records have established that the day before the shooting, Mr. Huss had been approved as Dayan’s third party custodian in three criminal cases in Homer,” according to the Department of Law press release.

Troopers wrote in an online dispatch report that Huss had picked Dayan up from the Wildwood Pretrial Facility in Kenai on Sept. 28.

After troopers found her in Seward, Dayan was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries she sustained before they located her. She was arrested after being cleared from the hospital.

Dayan faces up to 99 years in prison for first-degree murder, if convicted, according to the press release. She is currently being held by the Alaska Department of Corrections on a $500,000 bail. Her next scheduled court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 20 in Anchorage Superior Court, according to the release.

Both Dayan and Huss were listed as Seward residents in the press release. Assistant Attorney General Maria Bahr said in an email that Huss had several residences, but that the Department of Law will defer to what Alaska State Troopers have reported, which is that Dayan is a Homer resident and Huss was a Soldotna resident.

Reach Megan Pacer at mpacer@homernews.com.

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