ANCHORAGE DAILY PLANET
Unbelievable. Simply unbelievable. If you think there is nothing wrong with Alaska’s judicial system, consider this:
A man accused of sexually assaulting eight women is charged with sexually assaulting a ninth in Anchorage – while out on bail.
Kayshawn Dyett, 23, was supposed to be at home under house arrest, pretrial supervision and wearing an electronic ankle monitor when the ninth victim was raped and strangled, authorities say.
KTVA reports that last year, when there were eight possible victims, prosecutors asked that Dyett’s bail be increased to more than $100,000 cash, but Anchorage Superior Court Judge Kevin Saxby set it at $10,000 – and allowed Dyett to remain under house arrest for two weeks to give him time to come up with the additional money.
Judge Patrick McKay yesterday granted the state’s request to set a cash bail of more than $500,000 at his arraignment on the new charges.
In the bail memo, Assistant District Attorney Betsy Bull wrote Dyett is an “unmitigated, proven risk of committing further sexual assaults….”
It is no wonder so many Alaskans have real concerns about the state’s justice system. How could this have happened? With eight women accusing him of strangulation and rape, Dyett should not have been out on bail. Period. That is simple common sense. The ninth victim appears to have paid a very high price for the justice system’s failure.
Earlier, after eight women had accused Dyett, we wrote:
“It is no wonder women sometimes are furious with the justice system. They should be.”
Indeed, we all should be.