Judge Grants Delay in Cold-Case Trial

By Beacon Staff

JUNEAU, Alaska — The trial of a man charged with a murder in the 1996 shooting death of a woman at a Yakutat lodge has been delayed again.

Robert Kowalski was scheduled for trial next week. The Juneau Empire reports his attorney was granted a delay until March 17 to allow for review of recent investigation reports.

Kowalski is charged will killing Sandra M. Perry while the Washington residents were on vacation at Glacier Bear Lodge.

Alaska investigators at first concluded the death was accidental.

The case was reopened after Kowalski was convicted of killing another girlfriend, Lorraine Kay Morin, in Montana in 2008.

The trial has been rescheduled at least six times.

Superior Court Judge Louis Menendez also ruled that the Montana conviction will be admissible in the Alaska trial.