By Ashton Goodell
Channel 2 News
8:25 PM AKDT, May 10, 2011
The Bonnie Craig murder sent a ripple of fear through Anchorage in the ‘90s.
From the beginning, the investigation had few leads and the case soon went cold.
Now it's heating up as attorneys prepare for trial, 16 years after the crime.
For years the UAA student's picture appeared on the side of buses and billboards with the phrase “Who killed Bonnie?”
Many potential jurors don't remember the case all these years later.
But with any murder case there are some concerns from the pool about the graphic nature of the crime.
“Nobody ever really wants to sit in on a jury. So what I'm trying to figure out is… Are you going to be able to be fair, listen to the evidence,” Prosecutor Paul Miovas asked a potential juror.
Jurors were told to expect a four-week murder trial, but weren't filled in on details.
In the coming days, they'll hear about how Bonnie Craig routinely got up early to catch the bus to school, but the 18-year-old college student never got on the bus on September 28, 1994.
She was abducted, raped, and beaten and then was forced off a cliff and fell to her death.
There was DNA evidence on her body and 13 years after the murder, a national computer database found a suspect.
The match led them to Kenneth Dion, who was already in prison for a series of armed robberies in New Hampshire.
“It's always a surprise at how slow the justice system moves and you just have to be real patient,” Bonnie Craig’s Mom Karen Foster said after Dion’s arrest in 2007.
The trial is expected to begin with opening statements by the end of the week.
After a day of questions no one has been seated as a juror.
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