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    US Army Soldier Accused of Killing His Wife in Alaska Faces Court Hearing

    JUNEAU, Alaska — A U.S. soldier accused of killing his wife in Alaska after a night out celebrating his 21st birthday is set to be back in court Thursday, according to court records.

    Zarrius Ray Hildabrand faces murder and evidence tampering charges in the death of his wife, Saria Hildabrand, of Utah, whose body was found in a storm drain in Anchorage, Alaska.

    Hildabrand first reported his wife missing Aug. 7. Police arrested him after finding Saria Hildabrand's body as well as the mattress in their home “saturated” by blood, according to a complaint filed in the case.

    A judge during a court hearing Aug. 11 set bail for Hildabrand at $500,000 and appointed a public defender for him, the Anchorage Daily News reported. He is scheduled for a pre-indictment hearing in Anchorage on Thursday.

    A message seeking comment from an attorney representing Hildabrand was not returned.

    According to the complaint, Hildabrand reported his wife missing the evening of Aug. 7. He said they had been partying on Aug. 5, to celebrate his birthday, and got home in the early hours of Aug. 6.

    He said both were hung over and his wife walked to work, about a mile away, that morning. He said she didn't take her phone with her and that he waited to contact police “because he thought he might find his wife and find it was a misunderstanding,” the complaint states.

    Coworkers of Saria Hildebrand told investigators she didn't show up for…

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