Kuhlman Indicted For Murder

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Kevan Deon Kuhlman, 37, was indicted for one count of first degree murder by a Gila County grand jury Oct. 17.

Kuhlman was arrested by the Payson Police Department on Oct. 9 for the murder of Susan Birchak, 52. Police and fire were called to Birchak's residence in the 1500 block of N. Easy Street following a 911 call from Kuhlman reporting that Birchak was not breathing.

When the police and paramedics arrived, they found Birchak dead on the floor in the family room.

An autopsy the following day showed that Birchak was the victim of a homicide and had died of strangulation.

Kuhlman is scheduled to be arraigned in the superior court at 10:30 a.m., Oct. 25 in Gila County Superior Court in Payson.

Birchak, a longtime resident of Payson, was the station manager of TV 7 and worked with KMOG radio. Her voice was often heard on many of the station's commercials. She was also a familiar face at the Payson Town Council meetings as she broadcast its meetings live on television.

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