The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Kidnap and murder attempt trial begins in Valdez

Man who police say shot himself after standoff will face a jury


The jury trial of a Valdez man accused of a second degree murder attempt, kidnapping and several related charges, was set to begin last Tuesday.

Nicholas Huff, age 29, was transported to the jail in Valdez Saturday according to Valdez police. Chief Bill Comer said Huff has been in custody since his May 2013 arrest.

Huff was originally indicted on over 20 felony and misdemeanor charges.

Police said Huff shot himself after an armed standoff in Alpine Woods in April of 2013 that began after Valdez law enforcement officers attempted to make contact with him after receiving a report that a badly beaten female was in need of medical attention.

Huff allegedly holed up in a home on Chalet Dr. after the victim, who police allege he had kidnapped from the Robe River subdivision, talked him into letting her go.

At the time of the incident the city’s public information officer said a female that had been badly beaten was located inside her vehicle in the parking lot of the Eagles Rest apartments near the Mile 4 area of the Richardson Highway. While the alleged victim did not make the initial call to police, officers made initial contact with Huff after the victim was sent to Providence Valdez Medical Center.

The police complaint said the victim said “she thought she was going to die.”

Charging documents said Huff later shot himself before surrendering to police. He was later sent to Anchorage on a medical flight and was arrested after his release from the hospital.


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