Testimony continues on Friday in the case of John Marvin, Jr. who’s accused of causing the deaths of Hoonah police officers Matthew Tokuoka and Sgt. Anthony Wallace on August 28, 2010.
Trial proceedings on Thursday included opening arguments from District Attorney Dave Brower and public defender Eric Hedland.
Jurors also heard a playback of police radio traffic calls, and testimony from Matthew’s wife Haley Tokuoka and Wallace’s mother Deborah Green. Hoonah resident William Wells and former Hoonah police chief John Millan also testified.
Brower is prosecuting the case with courtroom assistance by assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp and Alaska State Trooper Sgt. Michelyn Manrique.
Sitka Superior Court Judge David George is presiding over the trial at the Dimond Courthouse in Juneau. Ten trial days, or two calendar weeks, have been set aside for the trial. But court proceedings don’t always follow a previously set schedule.
Eleven men and three women make up the jury that was seated on Wednesday. Two of the jurors will be randomly selected as alternates before the jury starts deliberations.
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Map shows approximate location of the shooting incident on August 28, 2010. According to court testimony, officers Tokuoka and Wallace were shot near a tractor-trailer that was parked on the water side of Front Street below Hoonah Liquor Store (The red ‘A’ pin is on the north side of the store).
In addition to updated stories that you can hear on KTOO’s regularly-scheduled newscasts, we’ll also be live-blogging the events and proceedings of the trial.
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