Charge in Mail-Order Bride Slaying

Tuesday, February 6th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A man was charged with first-degree murder, accused of helping a husband kill his mail-order bride.

Prosecutors said Daniel Larson, who was charged Monday, told investigators he strangled 20-year-old Anastasia Solovieva King with a necktie last September while her husband, Indle King, pinned her down.

Larson told investigators he had lived with the couple and that after the killing, he and King buried the woman in a shallow grave. Larson led investigators to the grave in December.

The Kings were married in 1998 through a service that matches prospective mates. She was from the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan and was King's second mail-order bride. Described by friends as a talented pianist, she had enrolled at the University of Washington.

Larson, a convicted felon with a record of child molestation, was being held on $500,000 bail. His lawyer said he would plead not guilty.

King, 39, had earlier been charged with first-degree murder, but those charges were allowed to expire. Charges could be refiled, prosecutors said. King remained in jail on perjury charges related to the case. King's attorneys say he is innocent.

The victim's parents were brought to the United States to work with prosecutors. In a brief meeting with reporters last week, they choked back tears as they spoke through an interpreter about the death of their only child.

If the guilty party is not punished, ``it will be even harder for us in this world because it will show that right and goodness will not triumph, but only evil will reign,'' her mother, Alevtina Solovieva, said.