Live Blog: Hoonah homicide trial day 6

An unusual Saturday trial session is being held 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.

Some of the people involved during the trial include public defender Eric Hedland who has been appointed as Marvin’s attorney.

District Attorney Dave Brower is prosecuting the case. Sgt. Michelyn Manrique, supervising investigator, is assisting him at the prosecutor’s table with evidence management.

Superior Court Judge David George from Sitka is presiding over the trial.

Other court participants and witnesses during the trial include:

John Millan who was the chief of police in Hoonah during the shooting.

Haley Tokuoka is the widow of officer Matthew Tokuoka.

Trooper Andrew Adams served as an investigator following the shooting.

Juneau Police Officers Tonya James, Terry Allen, and Kevin Fermin were among those who responded to Hoonah or Bartlett Regional Hospital following the shooting.


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October 27, 20126:31 pm

First-floor plan of John Marvin’s house as drawn by Investigator Mark Granda. Number 14 is where the rifle allegedly used to kill the officers was found by investigators.


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October 27, 20126:25 pm

Second-floor plan of John Marvin’s house with evidence notations for the weapons found by investigators. The second-floor window from which Marvin allegedly shot and killed officers Tokuoka and Wallace is at the right.


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October 27, 20126:09 pm

Hand-drawn map by Hoonah reserve officer Arlen Skaflestad that was introduced as evidence on Friday. It shows the position of Chief John Millan’s vehicle as it arrived shortly after the shooting and after Haley Tokuoka had driven away. Skaflestad has also drawn in where Wallace’s patrol vehicle was moved to the intersection of Front and Park to block off the street.


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October 27, 20126:03 pm

Drawing made by witness William Wells that was introduced as evidence on Friday. It shows the scene of the shooting and observed path of the Tokuoka truck with Haley and the kids escaping the scene.


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October 27, 20125:46 pm

Photograph of Alaska State Trooper situation board that was used August 29-30, 2010 in Hoonah. Names of personnel are written in where they were last positioned on scene. John N. Marvin, Jr.’s house is number 5. Each side of the house labeled with a number of 1 through 4 so that officers can easily identify events over the radio. For example, the second floor window where Marvin allegedly shot at officers is located on side 4, or between corners 1-4 and 4-3. The liquor store is across the street and Officers Tokuoka and Wallace were hit by gunfire several yards to the right of the store.


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October 27, 20124:17 pm

Adjourned for day. Back on Monday bright and early.


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October 27, 20124:16 pm

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October 27, 20124:10 pm

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October 27, 20124:01 pm

Marvin says he slept right through the whole thing.


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October 27, 20123:59 pm

Granda is on the stand while Brower plays a recording of an interview with Marvin.


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October 27, 20123:57 pm

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October 27, 20123:49 pm

Granda now is going over other pictures of clothing collected from officers at the clinic.


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October 27, 20123:45 pm

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October 27, 20123:34 pm

Back from break. What appears to be a floor plan of Marvin’s house is on display and a gun box is sitting behind the witness stand next to where Judge George is sitting.


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October 27, 20123:32 pm

Three rounds unloaded from a Browning BAR 7mm found in Marvin’s house that was allegedly used in the shooting.


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October 27, 20123:12 pm

Jury out. Granda will likely being in the unloaded rifle today with it locked or action disabled.


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October 27, 20123:10 pm

Short break called. Back in 15 minutes.


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October 27, 20123:09 pm

Brower requested a bench conference or side-bar before next photos of evidence of a bullet fragment, and bullets seized from item #42 seized from the residence: Browning BAR 7mm rifle.


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October 27, 20123:01 pm

Granda is describing pictures of evidence on the street that included a bag of children’s toys, back of Arlen Skaflestad’s truck used to carry the wounded officers, and a generator found on the second floor in Marvin’s house.


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October 27, 20122:57 pm

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October 27, 20122:52 pm

Here’s a picture that was shown to the jury earlier today that Hedland just quizzed Adams about. The rifles found in Marvin’s house were lined up on the floor and identified with yellow numbered markers for the picture and evidence tracking procedures. The picture doesn’t reflect where in the house that the rifles were found.


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October 27, 20122:46 pm

On redirect: Adams says it’s not unusual to see spent casings in a house with reloading equipment.


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October 27, 20122:43 pm

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October 27, 20122:40 pm

Hedland is now questioning Adams about Skaflestad’s drawing (see previous days blog post) and the various photos of weapons found in the Marvin house.


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October 27, 20122:35 pm

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October 27, 20122:34 pm

Hedland is now questioning Adams about that staged photograph taken at an angle through the second floor window. Adams just explained that Tokuoka pick-up was parked at the location of Wallace’s patrol vehicle — not where the pick-up was parked — during the night of the shooting.


Matt Miller
October 27, 20122:28 pm

Jury is now back in and Judge George just explained to them why issues are sometimes hashed out by attorneys when jurors are not present.


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October 27, 20122:24 pm

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October 27, 20121:58 pm

Brower with hearsay objection on Hedland question about whether Adams heard from Millan about the identity of the shooter as told to him by Tokuoka, Wallace, or others…


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October 27, 20121:52 pm

Adams earlier under direct examination from Brower is explaining a picture that he took from the second floor window of Marvin’s house. Adams’ hand is near where Haley Tokuoka parked her truck for the photo. It’s in the same spot as the night of shooting and in front of the tractor-trailer. Haley can also be seen in this picture and a person in orange clothing is meant to repesent Matthew Tokuoka’s position when he was shot. Mary’s Inn and the cold storage is in the background.

Hedland is currently cross-examination Adams about this picture and another picture that is straight out from the window rather than at an angle.

Hedland is now quizzing him about the number of spent and unspent rounds found throughout the house.

Investigators theorized that the gun used was a Browning BAR with 7 mm rounds.


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October 27, 20121:40 pm

District Attorney Dave Brower ‘publishes’ or shows one in a series of pictures to the jury.


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October 27, 20121:34 pm

Cross-examination of Adams: Recordings of interviews he did are missing. he has to rely on notes.


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October 27, 20121:29 pm

We’re back in the courtroom at 1:20. Adams is back on the stand and the jury has entered. Brower showing more pictures to Adams to refresh his memory. They include the rear portion of Marvin’s house, three rifles in living area, and the rifle stood up in corner.


Matt Miller
October 27, 20121:17 pm

Courthouse staff apparently are still trying to get security here for the rest of the day.

Three jurors are still out for lunch. So we wait

…a security screener just arrived. She says she wasn’t told to show up. She’ll work the checkpoint and go to her second job late today.


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October 27, 201212:11 pm

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October 27, 201211:43 am

This photo is from yesterday and shows a rifle rest that was found in Marvin’s house and seized as evidence.


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October 27, 201211:42 am

Adams is now describing a new set of photos of the officer’s clothing.


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October 27, 201211:35 am

One of many dark and hard-to-see photos included a picture of the rifle that was allegedly used to kill Wallace and Tokuoka.


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October 27, 201211:32 am

Adams is now describing multiple photos of weapons as they are found on the bottom floor: rifles, pistols and magazines, revolvers. Pictures are taken of them where they were found, but with rounds or magazines removed.


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October 27, 201211:25 am

Adams just described a photo taken from the vantage of that upper floor. At his direction, Haley Tokuoka’s black truck is parked where it was on the night of the shooting.


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October 27, 201211:20 am

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October 27, 201211:09 am

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October 27, 201211:01 am

Loaded .22 revolver? Unloaded 9mm pistol in dresser.


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October 27, 201211:00 am

Adams recalls finding 25 firearms in Marvin’s residence. Some loaded, some weren’t.


Matt Miller
October 27, 201210:58 am

Brower has handed him a bunch of pictures of the inside and outside of Marvin’s house. They’re being displayed for the jury now. Both exterior doors, window, living room, dresser with a revolver and semi-automatic pistol.


Matt Miller
October 27, 201210:50 am

Back from break. Trooper Anthony Adams has taken the stand. He’s describing going into the house Aug. 30 at 11:00 am (This would be after Marvin was taken into custody).


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October 27, 201210:47 am

This picture was shown during the testimony of Officer Terry Allen. It shows the JPD’s larger robot in front of Marvin’s house, the location of where he allegedly shot two Hoonah police officers.


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October 27, 201210:40 am

Fragments recovered from Sgt. Anthony Wallace and handed over to JPD officers at Bartlett Regional Hospital.


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October 27, 201210:33 am

Former Juneau Police Officer Tonya James points out her location on August 29, 2010 on an enlarged photograph of an Alaska State Trooper situation wet board.


Matt Miller
October 27, 201210:30 am

No redirect. Fifteen minute break.


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October 27, 201210:30 am

James is being quizzed on whether there were lights on inside Marvin’s house during darkness. Troopers later brought in construction-type lights to illuminate the exterior. She could not see into the house, though unless it was light out. She did not see Marvin carrying a weapon when he briefly ran out and back.


Matt Miller
October 27, 201210:15 am

Hedland is asking James to clarify about she saw and heard during the arrest, robot being knocked over, and Marvin coming to the back side of the house.


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October 27, 201210:11 am

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October 27, 201210:09 am

James: CS gas deployed, announcement from someone inside the house saying they’re coming out(?), arrest of Marvin, and watching back of house until Troopers took custody.


Matt Miller
October 27, 201210:06 am

James relieved by SWAT, got sleep, redeployed to south side of liquor store.


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October 27, 201210:05 am

She just identified Marvin as the man who ran out and back.


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October 27, 201210:04 am

She’s describing where she was located on Roosevelt street, about 70 yards from back door of Marvin’s house. Saw a man in white shirt occasionally. Came out on porch, ran around north side of house and then back into back door.


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October 27, 201210:00 am

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October 27, 20129:41 am

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October 27, 20129:38 am

Later, the bigger robot was used to try enter the door, resistance, then try to make holes in the door. Allen reports that Marvin later opened the door and pushed the robot off the porch.


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October 27, 20129:34 am

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October 27, 20129:31 am