Man, 48, arrested after woman finds memory card labeled 'Homicide at Midtown Marriott' on Alaska street

Kimberly Dole
October 14, 2019 - 1:19 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A man has been arrested for murder after an SD memory card labeled "Homicide at midtown Marriott" that contained videos and images of a violent attack was discovered on an Alaska street, officials said.

According to court documents, September 30, a woman called Anchorage police after finding an SD card lying on the ground, saying that it contained disturbing videos from earlier that month that showed a woman being beaten, raped and strangled.

The SD card contained 39 images and 12 videos, with some of the footage showing a naked woman "moaning and struggling to breathe," and trying to fight back, documents said.

In another video, the suspect is seen stomping on the woman's throat with his foot, documents add and laughing as he strangles her.

Images also showed the victim in the back of a truck, according to the documents.

The victim was later identified as 30-year-old Kathleen Henry, police said Thursday.

Officials charged Brian Smith, 48, with first-degree murder, and said that during that time period in question, he had a room registered and a car matching the truck seen on the footage.

Court documents said that Smith's accent matches the voice heard in the video.

Smith's phone pinged "to a location on Rainbow Valley Road along the Seward Highway within minutes of the last still image from the SD card of the female in the back of the black truck," according to detectives.

On Oct. 2, two days after the SD card was found, Henry's remains were discovered near Seward Highway, the Anchorage Police Department said.

Smith was taken into custody at an Anchorage airport on Tuesday.

Smith has pleaded not guilty.

So far, there is no clear connection between the suspect and the victim.

Police said the woman's actions "played an instrumental role" and said it "extends its gratitude to the citizen who stepped forward with the evidence."

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