Live Blog: Hoonah homicide trial day 9

Robert Shem, forensic firearm and tool mark examiner at the Alaska State Crime Laboratory, examines a Browning BAR 7mm rifle that was allegedly used to kill two Hoonah police officers in August 2010. Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO News

The trial in the case of John Marvin, Jr. enters the ninth day on Wednesday. Marvin is accused of causing the deaths of Hoonah police officers Matthew Tokuoka and Sgt. Anthony Wallace on August 28, 2010.

Sitka Superior Court Judge David George is presiding over the trial that’s being held at Juneau’s Dimond Courthouse.

District Attorney Dave Brower is prosecuting the case and public defender Eric Hedland has been appointed as Marvin’s attorney.

The prosecution was expected to rest its case on Tuesday with the defense presenting its case on Wednesday. But that timetable has slipped a bit.

Earlier expectations had the trial wrapping up by Friday. No indication from Judge George yet whether he will allow the jury to deliberate over the weekend if they get the case late in the week.


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October 31, 20124:49 pm

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October 31, 20123:22 pm

Edit/correction to 2:37 pm entry: nine instead of ninth.


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October 31, 20123:08 pm

This has been the scene for the last forty minutes. Jury out and everybody in back — including a half-dozen local and state officers — have been socializing while the DA, judge, and PD hash out issues related to more potential evidence.

Break called for the next hour.


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October 31, 20122:37 pm

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October 31, 20122:06 pm

Finally back from bench conference. Hedland just says he’s got no more questions. Haley Tokuoka excused.


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October 31, 20122:03 pm

Here’s a sample target used by Robert Shem of the Alaska State Crime Laboratory in his testing of a Browning BAR 7mm rifle found in John Marvin’s house and allegedly used in the shooting..

Shem says the rifle was low only 1.1 inches and off to the left about .4 inch during a 50-foot aim and point of impact test.


Matt Miller
October 31, 20121:51 pm

Hedland back, then Brower leaves. Bench conference or side-bar again. It’s a long one.


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October 31, 20121:35 pm

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October 31, 20121:26 pm

I thought afterward that Wortman would look good in a top hat and tails if he ever considered moonlighting as a magician. Perhaps a striped shirt, beret, and white face paint as a mime on the streets of Paris. But he wouldn’t get to talk.


Matt Miller
October 31, 201212:01 pm

After yesterday’s court session, attorneys and judge met in the absence of the jury to go over jury instructions. A continuation of that is being planned now.


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October 31, 201212:00 pm

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October 31, 201211:56 am

Fuzzy pictures have been introduced as evidence of the view through the tube placed against the bumper. Manrique admits she doesn’t have enough practice with a camera to take a picture of what she actually saw through the tube.


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October 31, 201211:53 am

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October 31, 201211:18 am

Brower notes Haley Tokuoka and Debbie Greene’s observations on Front Street, John Millan and Arlen Skaflestad suspected John Marvin, and other witnesses on watch duty did not see anyone leave the residence. Also noted, recovered fragments from parking lot area and Tokuoka autopsy were both bullets fired from a 7 mm rifle. The 2009 incident signaled intent to target only Wallace and Tokuoka.


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October 31, 201211:09 am

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October 31, 201211:04 am

Jury is out. Hedland makes motion for acquittal.


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October 31, 201211:03 am

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October 31, 201210:16 am

Hedland is questioning Shem on basic differences between caliber and metric measurements, whether a 7 mm cartridge can be used in a .280 rifle that was also seized (no, not possible), and quantifying Shem’s error rate for examining firearms (He says it’s zero).


Matt Miller
October 31, 201210:09 am

From yesterday’s testimony: Robert Shem looks at a projected display of three 7 mm rounds that were unloaded from a Browning BAR rifle that was seized from John Marvin’s house. The same image is on display on the computer in the foreground. The actual cartridges have been placed in front of Shem on the edge of the witness stand.


Matt Miller
October 31, 201210:06 am

Shem can not really conclusively say that a bullet caused the graze or crease in the plastic bumper.


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October 31, 201210:04 am

Hedland has brought out the bumper from Sargent Anthony Wallace’s patrol vehicle even though Shem — on direct examination yesterday — has already conceded that he could not really determine a bullet caliber or weapon.


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October 31, 201210:02 am

This is another image shown to jurors during Shem’s initial testimony yesterday. These are bullet and jacket fragments retrieved during the autopsy of Officer Matthew Tokuoka. Shem has identified them as being fired from a Browning BAR 7 mm rifle that was found in John Marvin’s house.


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October 31, 20129:50 am

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October 31, 20129:17 am

Discussion with jury out about the gun residue testing. Jury back in at 9:05.


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October 31, 20129:15 am