Live Blog: Hoonah homicide trial day 5

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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October 26, 20126:27 pm
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The trial included 488 pieces of evidence and 58 witnesses.


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October 26, 20124:41 pm

Issues of heresay? …regarding 2009 incident in which “Marvin was beaten up” by officers. This issue to come in with stipulated facts?


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October 26, 20124:38 pm

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October 26, 20124:26 pm

Savland: “Yeah, I think he shot Matt and Tony.”


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October 26, 20124:25 pm

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7 mm rifle casing allegedly found in Marvin’s house.


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October 26, 20124:02 pm

Under cross-examination, Savland believes there were likely items initially seized from the house. But the debris likely contributed to other things being overlooked. CS gas residue could still have been potent about a week later.


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October 26, 20123:56 pm

Brower just brought out evidence of a rifle rest allegedly found in the upper room of the house.


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October 26, 20123:41 pm

Objection (from defense) sustained on Savland already commenting about Marvin apparently barricading himself inside the house. Savland may have jumped the gun on that while this early in Brower’s line of questioning.


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October 26, 20123:38 pm

Back from break. Trooper Andy Savland, a “brown shirt” wildlife trooper based in Hoonah, has just taken the stand. He’s remembering getting the original call from Ketchikan dispatch.


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October 26, 20123:35 pm

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October 26, 20123:10 pm

Wegrzyn says Marvin exhibited symptoms of tear gas exposure when he was arrested.


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October 26, 20123:09 pm

Wegrzyn’s shout demonstration was the loudest that I’ve ever heard anyone in any courtroom. I think he blew out my audio recorder.


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October 26, 20123:06 pm

Some speculation about Marvin barricading himself inside the house and then undoing some of the barricades after the first volley of CS.


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October 26, 20123:04 pm

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October 26, 20122:25 pm

Owen James, carver and volunteer EMS, has taken the stand. He reports walking near the Misty Bay Lodge, watched Chief run across the street. Offered his assistance to Millan and Skaflestad.


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October 26, 20122:24 pm

Arlen Skaflestad stands next to an enlarged drawing of the scene on Front Street.


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October 26, 20122:20 pm

Back lunch. Skaflestad on the stand. He just testified that when he asked who did this, Matthew Tokuoka mouthed “I don’t know.”


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October 26, 201212:58 pm

Lunch before redirect.


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October 26, 201212:40 pm

Various descriptions of Tokuoka’s vehicle have emerged so far. From an unspecified vehicle to a red standard cab pick-up. Brower recently showed a picture that he says was their black Chevy Avalanche.


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Skaflestad is standing up next to the diagram of Front Street. He’s trying to describe (voice cracking, upset) arriving on scene and finding both officers lying in the street.


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October 26, 201212:01 pm

Former State Trooper and HPD reserve officer Arlen Skaflestad just took the stand. A diagram he drew has been blown-up and put display for the jury to see.


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October 26, 201211:58 am

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October 26, 201211:42 am

Hedland is trying to get Comolli to clarify when Millan got to the clinic and whether he talked to his employees earlier.


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October 26, 201211:39 am

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October 26, 201211:01 am

Comolli: Wallace became less-communicative when he realized that Tokuoka (next to him in the clinic) had just died.


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October 26, 201210:59 am

Comolli doesn’t remember any comments Wallace made to Wolfe.


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October 26, 201210:58 am

Comolli said he asked Wallace who shot him. “He said John Marvin.”


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October 26, 201210:56 am

Comolli just described the former policy of allowing residents to put household garbage in dumpsters around town instead of leaving it in the yard. Bears.


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October 26, 201210:52 am

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October 26, 201210:45 am

Comolli heard an “Officer down” call over the radio, left home, jumped into EMS vehicle as it pulled away from ambulance bay with others on-board. Went to liquor store area, no one there. Got away from the scene when they realized it was not safe.


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October 26, 201210:39 am

Familiar name: Paul Comolli. Former JPD officer is taking the stand. Lived in Hoonah for six years. Volunteer firefighter, EMT, Inside Passage Electic employee.


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October 26, 201210:37 am

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October 26, 201210:24 am

Community health aide, EMS, and fire chief Wilfred ‘Bill’ Wolfe just took the stand. He’s talking about heading down to Front Steet in Hoonah that night.


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October 26, 201210:21 am

Brower is showing to the jury a picture of a bandage over Tokuoka’s upper left chest. Chelmo excused.


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Jeffrey Todd Chelmo has taken the stand.


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October 26, 20129:26 am

No one raised their hands. A few shook their heads in response to watching the TV news.


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October 26, 20129:25 am

Jury back in courtroom. Inquiry about TV footage…


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October 26, 20129:23 am

Brief break. We’re waiting for Brower to come back down after changing his shoes. He apparently was wearing something more suitable for hiking Herbert Glacier Trail instead of the courtroom.


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October 26, 20129:19 am

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October 26, 20129:16 am

Judge, counsel, defendant back in at 9:05. Jury not in yet. Some discussion about prosecution witnesses, motion to reconsider change of venue with new information, and some discussion about KTUU airing footage that show the defendant in leg shackles.

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