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AP woman charged with attempted murder turns self in

Morris News Service - Alaska


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Laurie M. Kalberg

An Anchor Point woman charged with the attempted murder of her girlfriend turned herself in to Alaska State Troopers Monday.

Laurie Kalberg called troopers Monday afternoon from O'Reilly Auto Parts in Soldotna, stating that she was aware of a warrant out for her arrest and that she wanted to turn herself in. Trooper Brock Simmons responded and arrested Kalberg, 46, who was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility and is being held without bail.

Kalberg actually had several felony warrants out — including ones for attempted murder in the first degree, second and third degree assault, and petition to revoke probation — stemming from an incident that occurred on New Year's Day of this year. The alleged victim told responding trooper David Chaffin that Kalberg had assaulted her and shot at her with a revolver after they had been drinking alcohol at their home in Anchor Point.

Chaffin's affidavit said Kalberg initially became upset because one of her girlfriend's tenants killed her cat several months earlier. When the girlfriend observed Kalberg becoming increasingly agitated, she locked herself in the bathroom.

After kicking down the bathroom door to get at the woman, Kalberg allegedly proceeded to hit and kick her girlfriend, eventually slamming her head against the bathtub. She then left the bathroom and smashed a television screen and drinking glass while continuing to yell at the other woman.

When Kalberg made her way back to the rear bedroom near the bathroom, she produced a Taurus .357-caliber revolver and stood at the foot of the bed, while the other woman was situated at the head.

According to the affidavit, Kalberg pointed the handgun at the other woman's head and then stated that she was going to kill her and then kill herself. The woman said she closed her eyes and Kalberg fired one shot with the handgun, which struck a window above the woman's head.

Kalberg was indicted on six felony and three misdemeanor charges in late January. She was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in a Kenai court for two separate cases: one for attempted murder and one for the petition to revoke her probation from an earlier conviction.

Kalberg pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail due to the attempted murder charge. Her trial is set to take place in Homer during the week of May 23.

Karen Garcia is a reporter for the Peninsula Clarion.