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Story last updated at 3:17 PM on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Man arraigned in '10 vehicle death

Morris news Service - Alaska

A driver charged in the 2010 Memorial Day weekend car crash that killed a Washington, D.C., woman was arraigned June 21 at the Kenai Courthouse.

Alfred C. Jones, 46, has been charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, seven counts of third-degree assault, driving under the influence and fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, methamphetamines.

A trial is set for Sept. 24 at the Kenai Courthouse. The court set no bail at the state's request.

Jones allegedly drove a GMC pickup truck that hit a Subaru Forester, killing a passenger, Kathleen Benz, 25, of Washington, D.C., according to court records. Charging documents allege a blood analysis for Jones tested positive for methamphetamines, oxycodone, cocaine and marijuana.

Jones served a 15-month sentence on a federal money laundering charge, part of a conspiracy to launder money and distribute oxycodone in Alaska that had been smuggled up from Nevada.

Jones requested a public defender, and Superior Court Judge Anna Moran entered a plea of not guilty on the defendant's behalf.

"Absolutely," Jones said as the judge entered the plea.

The second-degree murder charge includes a maximum sentence of 99 years in prison and $75,000 fine. All of Jones' charges are felonies except the DUI charge.

Jones had no felony convictions prior to his drug conspiracy conviction, said Kenai District Attorney Scot Leaders.

Jerzy Shedlock is a reporter for the Peninsula Clarion.