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Nov 20, 2015

The Fairbanks Four exoneration case is in the hands of Superior Court Judge Paul Lyle. Closing arguments were heard Tuesday in a 5 week hearing to consider innocence declaration requests by George Frese, Kevin Pease, Marvin Roberts, and Eugene Vent, the 4 Native men convicted of the 1997 murder of John Hartman. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, with no physical evidence in the case, attorneys focused on overlaying puzzles of testimony by dozens of witnesses, including 2 potential alternative Hartman murder suspects.

A former FBI agent says Fairbanks police violated fundamental investigative protocol following the 1997 murder of John Hartman. Gregg McCrarry testified on behalf of petitioners George Frese, Marvin Roberts, Kevin Pease and Eugene Vent, the men known as the Fairbanks Four, convicted of the Hartman killing, who are seeking exoneration. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

Two of the Fairbanks Four say they lied to police about some of what they did the October 1997 night John Hartman was attacked, but maintain they did so out of fear and confusion, not guilt. Kevin Pease and Eugene Vent took to the stand yesterday (Tues) at an ongoing evidentiary hearing to consider whether they and 2 others also convicted of the crime, George Frese and Marvin Roberts are innocent. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

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The first day of a scheduled month long review of evidence in the long questioned murder convictions of 4 men got underway in Fairbanks State court Monday. KUAC's Dan Bross reports.   

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Fairbanks Four Hearing

Oct 2, 2015

An evidentiary hearing is scheduled to begin Monday in state court in Fairbanks in the case of 4 local men seeking exoneration from convictions for a nearly 2 decade old murder. George Frese, Marvin Roberts, Eugene Vent and Kevin Pease, men known as the “Fairbanks Four”, were convicted of the October 1997 beating death of 15 year old John Hartman on a downtown street.  Evidence brought forward in recent years points to others being responsible for the killing, and as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, it will be laid out during the hearing.

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The public’s help is being sought to find a man who went missing off the Dalton Highway 3 weeks ago. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, 23 year old Dalton Hanson disappeared while on a moose hunting trip.


Fairbanks got its first major snowfall of the season today (Fri). As usual, drivers are counting on the state to plow and sand highways and some side roads, but budget cuts mean reduced maintenance. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the downsized operation is expected to be tested this winter.

(Fairbanks, Ak.) An International seminar on extractive industries in the Arctic is happening at the University of Alaska Fairbanks this weekend. UAF history professor and seminar organizer Terrance Cole says it’s bringing together participants from numerous circumpolar nations to discuss the increasing focus on developing the Arctic’s largely untapped resources.