Attempted murder, kidnap trial continues this week
Travel disruptions and bad weather disrupt proceedings of jury trial
The attempted murder and kidnap trial of a Valdez man moved into its second week Monday.
Defendant Nicholas Huff is facing a jury in an attempt to mitigate and disprove over 20 criminal charges relating to allegations that he kidnapped a former girlfriend at gunpoint and held her against her will after severely injuring the victim. The incident later led to an armed standoff with Valdez police at his Alpine Woods home that ended when police say Huff shot himself.
“I was preparing myself for a gunfight basically,” Valdez police officer Aaron Baczuk testified Friday when describing the scene outside the Huff residence when he arrived on the scene.
The jury heard testimony from Valdez police and other witnesses last week as the prosecutor, Eric Senta, painted a highly detailed picture of events leading up to the April 2013 incident.
The prosecution was expected to finish laying out its case this week. Defense attorney Michael Horowitz will begin the defense phase of the trial with the clock ticking; this coming Monday is Presidents Day and the court will face a three-day weekend.