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Fairbanks Four Case Hearing

April Monroe

There was a hearing this morning (Wednesday) in the Fairbanks Four federal civil rights case against the City of Fairbanks. The Native men who came to be known as the Fairbanks Four: George Freese, Marvin Roberts, Kevin Pease and Eugene Vent were convicted and imprisoned for the 1997 beating death of 15-year-old John Hartman on a city street, but evidence presented during a 2015 hearing pointed to another group of local young men actually being responsible for the crime. The new evidence led to a settlement agreement, now at issue as the Fairbanks Four sue the city for civil rights violations. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

Dan has been in public radio news in Alaska since 1993. He’s worked as a reporter, newscaster and talk show host at stations in McGrath, Valdez and Fairbanks. Dan’s experience includes coverage of a wide range of topics, from wolf control to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and dog mushing.