Fairbanks State Representative Calls for Justice in the Fairbanks Four Case

Submitted by mbowen on 10/24/2015 - 18:00.

It wasn't one of the reasons state lawmakers were called back to Juneau for a special session, but the Fairbanks Four was brought up by a Fairbanks Representative
Over the last several weeks a Fairbanks courtroom has been the site of an evidentiary hearing focused on the Fairbanks Four case. Marvin Roberts, Eugene Vent, George Frese, and Kevin Pease were convicted of murder in 1999 in the 1997 death of John Hartman of Fairbanks. The four men have long claimed innocence and new evidence may call into doubt their guilt. Rep. David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks) used a special order speech on the first day of the 3rd Special Session of the Alaska Legislature to call for justice in the case.

“In all these years there has been a concern that these men were falsely convicted,” said Rep. Guttenberg. “I don’t know if they are innocent or guilty, but I know everyone in this state wants to see justice done.”

Three of the Fairbanks Four remain in prison. Earlier this year, Marvin Roberts was released on parole. They are all petitioning the state to have their murder convictions reversed.

“I am hoping the ongoing review of the details of the Fairbanks Four case will result in the truth coming out,” said Rep. Guttenberg.

The hearing will continue Monday in Fairbanks Superior Court.