Live Blog: Hoonah homicide trial day 8

Day eight of the trial in the case of John Marvin, Jr. gets underway on Tuesday. Marvin is accused of causing the deaths of Hoonah police officers Matthew Tokuoka and Sgt. Anthony Wallace on August 28, 2010.

Some of the bagged evidence shown to jurors during the trial of State of Alaska vs. John N. Marvin, Jr. Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO News

District Attorney Dave Brower is prosecuting the case. Sgt. Michelyn Manrique, supervising investigator, is assisting him at the prosecutor’s table with evidence management and is expected to take the witness stand first-thing on Tuesday morning.

Other key characters during the trial include public defender Eric Hedland who has been appointed as Marvin’s attorney. Superior Court Judge David George from Sitka is presiding over the trial.

Other court participants and witnesses during the trial include:

Debbie Greene is the mother of Sgt. Anthony Wallace and Haley Tokuoka is the widow of officer Matthew Tokuoka.

John Millan, who was the chief of police in Hoonah, and Arlen Skaflestad who served as a reserve officer during the shooting. William Wells witnessed part of the shooting from his apartment at Mary’s Inn. Paul Johanson, brother-in-law of Haley Tokuoka, witnessed part of the shooting incident and recovered a bullet or spent slug that may have been fired at the officers.

Physician’s Assistant Jeff Chelmo, former Hoonah officer Paul Comolli, and EMT Wilfred ‘Bill’ Wolfe assisted with the care and treatment of the officers in the clinic following the shooting.

Alaska State Trooper Andrew Adams and Trooper Mark Granda served as investigators 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. Alaska State Trooper Paul Wegrzyn was among the contingent of officers who arrived in Hoonah shortly after the shooting as a part of a Special Emergency Response Team.

Johanna Dybdahl is a former spouse of John Marvin.

Paul Johanson, brother-in-law of Haley Tokuoka, Chris Budke of Hoonah, and Mike Lockabey of Wrangell also testified to their involvement in the case.


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Essentially (paraphrasing Shem) a pretty accurate firearm especially if you were going to hit a human-sized target.


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October 30, 20124:42 pm

One of the female jurors has moved up into the front row seat vacated by the woman who was excused yesterday. Still thirteen on the panel.


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October 30, 20123:37 pm

Duda excused. Short break.


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October 30, 20122:39 pm

Minutes ago: Wortman shows where he swabbed the gun to extract skin cells for potential DNA analysis.


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October 30, 20122:29 pm

While rough surfaces are good for extracting skin cells for DNA analysis, smooth surfaces are better to identify ridges for latent fingerprint analysis.


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October 30, 20122:24 pm

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October 30, 20122:12 pm

Purposely swabbed rough areas that are likely to retain skin cells.


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October 30, 20121:54 pm

Back from lunch. Jury in the box. Manrique back on the stand. Hedland continuing with cross-examination.


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October 30, 20121:52 pm

Alternate view of bumper held by Hedland as it appeared on Sgt. Wallace’s patrol vehicle (parellel to the ground with the tapered end forward). Investigators allege the crease damage was caused by a bullet fired by John Marvin from the second-floor south side window of his house.


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October 30, 20121:47 pm

Here’s a picture from before the lunch break: Sgt. Michelyn Manrique, investigative case manager for the Alaska Bureau of Investigation, shows a plastic bumper piece to public defender Eric Hedland under cross examination. The bumper, retrieved from the left front of Wallace’s patrol vehicle, shows a ‘defect’ or crease that was allegedly caused by a bullet fired from John Marvin’s house across Front Street in Hoonah.


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October 30, 201211:53 am

Manrique: “First time I went into Mr. Marvin’s residence, I did not know upper or lower (window where shots were allegedly fired).”


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October 30, 201211:20 am

Manrique: Bumper groove – with vehicle at the scene – lines up with the top window on the south side of John Marvin’s house.


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October 30, 20129:57 am

She’s describing the various elements of the various crime scenes and use of luminol to highlight any possible blood on Front Street.


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October 30, 20129:50 am

Sgt. Michelyn Manrique has just taken the stand. She’s the former supervisor with the Alaska Bureau of Investigation. Case manager for the invesitgation. She was in Hoonah on 9/1 until 9/5, Juneau grand jury 9/6, back to Hoonah.


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October 30, 20129:47 am

.019 percent ethanol content found in eye fluid extraction.


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October 30, 20129:42 am

Back from bench conference… Hedland has shifted to laying the foundation for introduction of the toxicology report.


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October 30, 20129:00 am

Johanna Dybdahl, ex-wife of John N. Marvin, Jr., describes her last conversation with him during testimony on Monday.


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October 30, 20128:58 am

Alaska State Trooper Investigator Mark Granda describes using laser trajectory analysis to determine the flight path of bullets that were believed to have killed Tokuoka and Wallace.


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October 30, 20128:55 am

Paul Johanson during testimony on Monday points to where he found a slug or spent bullet on Front Street during a vigil a few days after Hoonah Officer Matthew Tokuoka and Sargent Anthony Wallace were shot and killed.


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October 30, 20128:53 am

District Attorney Dave Brower shows Paul Johanson, brother-in-law to Haley Tokuoka, some bullet fragments that were entered as evidence during testimony on Monday.


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October 30, 20128:49 am

Court convened roughly 8:40 on this snowy morning. Bench conference without the jury present. Then, it appeared District Attorney Dave Brower left to retrieve something…

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