Monday, June 29, 2015

Inmate’s Confession Promises New Trials for Fairbanks Four, Roberts Paroled

Marvin Roberts returned home for the first time in 17 years on June 17, but his mood was subdued. “He’s happy to be out,” said his attorney, Bill Oberly of the Alaska Innocence Project. “But he has the other guys on his mind.”

The other guys – fellow Alaska Natives George Frese and Eugene Vent, and Kevin Pease, Crow – remain in prison, convicted with Roberts of the 1997 beating death of Fairbanks teenager John Hartman.

A recent confession by another inmate – backed by corroborating evidence and a lie detector test – suggests strongly that the four were wrongfully convicted. Roberts, Frese, Pease and Vent return to court October 5-12 for an evidentiary hearing to determine whether a new trial should be granted. If the judge grants a new jury trial, the other three could be released on bail, Oberly said in an earlier interview.


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