Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

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Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

A group of Fairbanks city leaders are working to find money to demolish the Polaris building. They’ve grown frustrated awaiting action on the deteriorating downtown high rise. Download Audio

The Fairbanks Four exoneration case is in the hands of Superior Court Judge Paul Lyle. Closing arguments were heard Tuesday in a five-week hearing to consider innocence petitions by the four men convicted of the 1997 murder of John Hartman. Download Audio

Fairbanks police believed they could see the shape of one of the Fairbanks Four’s boot lugs in the facial injuries of John Hartman. Download Audio

Three pieces of possible evidence were raised Wednesday during an ongoing hearing into whether George Frese, Kevin Pease, Marvin Roberts and Eugene Vent were wrongly convicted of the 1997 beating death of John Hartman. Download Audio

After defending interview and interrogation techniques Monday, former police detective Aaron Ring remained on the stand for most of the day Tuesday at the Fairbanks Four exoneration hearing.

A police detective who investigated the John Hartman murder case took the stand at the “Fairbanks Four” exoneration hearing. Retired officer Aaron Ring defended how police identified and gathered evidence that lead to the Fairbanks Four convictions. Download Audio

A hearing to reconsider the murder convictions of the Fairbanks Four is beginning a fifth week. The four inmates are seeking exoneration, largely based on identification of alternate suspects, including former Fairbanks resident Jason Wallace. Download Audio

Members of the Fairbanks Four made incriminating statements in jail. That’s according to two men who served time with George Frese, Kevin Pease, Marvin Roberts and Eugene Vent, the men known as the Fairbanks Four, challenging their convictions for the October 1997 beating death of John Hartman. Download Audio

The Fairbanks District Attorney’s office did not put much credence in information undermining the convictions of four men for a 1997 murder. Download Audio

A woman claims that one of the Fairbanks Four had blood stained shoes from the 1997 assault of John Hartman. In a video deposition played at an ongoing evidentiary hearing in the contested case Tuesday. Download Audio

The state has begun calling witnesses in the Fairbanks Four evidentiary hearing. As the proceeding stretches into its 4th week, the focus has shifted from witnesses summoned by attorneys representing exoneration petitioners to those offered by state lawyers trying to uphold the men’s convictions for the 1997 murder of John Hartman. Download Audio

Another one of Fairbanks men seeking exoneration from murder convictions has testified to his innocence. Marvin Roberts is the last of the so called Fairbanks Four, to address the court in an ongoing hearing to re-consider the 18-year-old case in light of new evidence. Download Audio

One of the Fairbanks Four passed a polygraph. The results of the lie detector test taken by Marvin Roberts last year were shared during day 13 of an evidentiary hearing being held to consider whether the Fairbanks Four are innocent. Download Audio

A former FBI agent says Fairbanks police violated fundamental investigative protocol following the 1997 murder of John Hartman. Download Audio

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. Download Audio

The Fairbanks Police Department came under criticism at last night’s city council meeting. During citizen’s comments, Fairbanks resident and Alaska Native Daisy Stevens questioned the department’s handling of recent and past homicide investigations. Download Audio

Boot print evidence used to link one of the Fairbanks Four to the 1997 murder of John Hartman, are disputed by a forensic expert. Download Audio

The first of four Fairbanks men seeking exoneration from convictions for a 1997 murder took the stand at an ongoing evidentiary hearing yesterday. Download Audio

People who say they were with the Fairbanks Four the night of John Hartman’s 1997 murder, recount aggressive questioning by police trying to build a case against the men.

A perception and memory expert took the stand at the Fairbanks Four hearing on Tuesday. University of Washington psychology professor Jeffrey Loftus’s work focuses on our ability to recognize others at distance and under various conditions, including darkness. Download Audio