Man arrested at SFO with one-way ticket to Israel arraigned for murder 

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Attorneys sparred Tuesday over the bail amount for a murder suspect who was arrested at the airport last week with a one-way ticket to Israel.

Konstantin Solodukhin, 22, was arrested at San Francisco International Airport in connection with the Sept. 17 shooting death of Edgar Yegiyan, 25, in the Sunset district, according to police.

San Francisco prosecutor Harry Dorfman told a judge at Tuesday’s arraignment that Solodukhin, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen, had paid cash for a one-way ticket to Tel Aviv when police stopped him in a terminal.



Dorfman asked the judge to keep bail at $7 million.

“If he gets on that plane, you will not see him for a very long time, if ever, in this courtroom,” Dorfman said.

Solodukhin’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Vilaska Nguyen, argued for $3 million bail. Nguyen said his client is not a flight risk, noting police had seized his passport.

Nguyen also questioned witness accounts identifying Solodukhin as the shooter, saying the physical descriptions did not match his client.

The judge refused to lower bail.

According to Dorfman, six spent shell casings from the high-powered assault rifle used to kill Yegiyan were found at the shooting scene, outside a house party at 35th Avenue and Rivera Street.

A motive for the slaying is uncertain.

Solodukhin pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and possession of an assault weapon. Another man in custody has been charged with being an accessory to murder for allegedly driving Solodukhin from the crime scene and housing him after the killing.

aburack@sfexaminer.com

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