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Are 4 Native Alaskan Men In Jail For A Murder They Didn't Commit?


Racist investigators and a lack of evidence have cast doubt on the conviction of 4 native teens in a 1997 Alaska murder. So why are they still in jail?

It was around 2:45 a.m. when the grisly sight came into view. Three friends in Fairbanks, Alaska were heading home from a bar when they discovered a teen lying on the curb, kicked in the head so many times he was unrecognizable.

John Hartman was weeks past his 15th birthday that night in October 1997, when he was savagely beaten and left for dead. The driver who found him later testified, “I could see his breath was still coming out. I could still see it in the cold air.”


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