Fairbanks Four 'Upbeat' As Evidentiary Hearings Near Conclusion
Four Alaska Native men hoping to be exonerated of the 1997 beating death of Fairbanks teenager John Hartman are confident their innocence is being proven by evidence and testimony provided this month in a series of hearings.
“The evidence we are presenting is really cumulative, and each builds on the last,” said Bill Oberly of the Alaska Innocence Project, which is assisting the defense for George Frese, Kevin Pease, Marvin Roberts and Eugene Vent. “We have the confession of William Holmes as the starting point and have built on that. We supported his confession with corroborating evidence and then presented evidence that the initial convictions were baseless … The petitioners remain upbeat about how the case is going.”