John Marvin, Jr. is competent to stand trial. Superior Court Judge David George made that ruling on Friday afternoon after hearing from two psychologists give their opinion of Marvin. They both visited Marvin at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute in Anchorage on Wednesday. That was just days after Marvin’s defense attorney asked for another mental evaluation because he said he had difficulty communicating with his client.
Both psychologists, Dr. David Sperbeck and Dr. Lois Michaud, essentially found that the 47-year old Marvin understood the court proceedings, but that he was simply in denial or being evasive. They testified in Juneau Superior Court on Friday afternoon that Marvin’s refusal to talk about important facts in the case may be his only way to control the situation.
Marvin is being charged with murder and weapons misconduct in connection with the deaths of Hoonah police officers Matt Tokuoka and Tony Wallace on August 28, 2010. The weapons misconduct charges may be bifurcated or separated out at trial.
Jury selection is expected to start Monday in Juneau Superior Court with opening arguments planned for Wednesday. The trial could last as long as two weeks.
- Juneau Finance Director Bob Bartholomew projected Gov. Bill Walker’s veto of about half of dividend funds will cost the city.
- Only three votes now separate two northern Alaska House candidates. Dean Westlake of Kotzebue has 780 votes, ahead of 777 votes for incumbent Rep. Ben Nageak, who’s from Barrow.
- Bus passes, child-care assistance, work clothing and other resources to get low-income tribal members into jobs are being cut in seven Southeast Communities..
- The U.S. Northern Command and Coast Guard have launched a major field-training exercise off Alaska’s northwest coast. Arctic Chinook is intended to demonstrate how local, state and federal agencies would respond to a simulated cruise ship accident. Coincidentally, a big luxury cruise ship will sail through the area while the exercise is under way. And to further complicate things, bad weather has just set in.