New Evidence in Fairbanks 4 Case

Sep 26, 2013

Hundreds of Alaska Natives gathered outside the state court house in Fairbanks yesterday to hear news about a local murder case that’s long raised questions.  Four Fairbanks men, 3 of whom are Alaska Native, are serving time for the 1997 stomping death of local teen John Hartman. The case of “the Fairbanks Four” lacked physical evidence and has been reexamined in recent years by local Native advocates and the Alaska Innocence Project. Yesterday the group filed requests for post conviction relief that cite evidence showing the men are innocent.  KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

Alaska Innocence Project Director Bill Oberly and Hazel Roberts Mayo embrace following a press conference announcing new information that could lead to exoneration of her son.
Credit Dan Bross / KUAC