Live Blog: Hoonah homicide trial day 10
Posted on November 1, 2012 at 8:30 am
Category: Crime & courts, Featured News, Syndicated
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The defense and prosecution have both rested their case in the trial of John Marvin, Jr. who is accused of causing the deaths of Hoonah police officers Matthew Tokuoka and Sgt. Anthony Wallace on August 28, 2010. Closing arguments are planned for Thursday afternoon. District Attorney Dave Brower wrapped up with presentation of evidence and witnesses on Wednesday. Public defender Eric Hedland moved for a judgement of acquittal and a change of venue. But both motions were denied by Sitka Superior Court Judge David George. He’s presiding over the trial that’s being held at Juneau’s Dimond Courthouse.
Jury back in.
It’s not unreasonable to lose track or not be able to find the other three cartridges after two nights and a day.
Seal hunting example pulled into closing arguments. Precision required, Mr. Marvin used to hunt seal.
Brower holds up rifle again: “They type of gun that is used for hunting large game, Mr. Marvin used to kill two people.”
Shell casing, identified as being ejected from Browning, shown to jury.
“The damage that these things do is incalculable.”
More bullet fragments (those not identified as being from Browning BAR) now being shown to jury.
Debbie Greene and Haley Tokuoka sitting side-by-side in front row of courtroom gallery, upset, holding each other’s hand.
Tokuoka’s clothing also being displayed for the jury again.
Brower is retelling the story of Matthew Tokuoka going to the aid of his fellow officer, himself getting shot. Chief going to the scene, not realizing that two-thirds of his police force was dying.
Brower has not pulled out Wallace’s clothing, each with a ‘defect’ — bullet holes.
Jurors taking their seats.
“Ready for the jury?”
Jury still not brought in. More tweaking of jury instructions.
Judge David George in.
Jury clerk from downstairs has brought up ‘The Box.’ The name (on a paper slip) of one of the thirteen jurors will drawn just before deliberations. After ten days at this courthouse, person will be excused as an alternate just before deliberations.
Nearly full courtroom – only a few empty seats. At least four JPD officers also in attendance.
Veronica Dalton, cousin of John Marvin, describes boarding up his house and looking for personal items inside.
A few spectators gathering on the mezzanine/second floor lobby for closing arguments. Courtroom closed for arrangement of furniture.
Harlena Warford points out various Front Street locations in pictures provided by public defender Eric Hedland.
Witness for the defense, former Chief of Police Jeff Hankla, testifies on Friday (Those are audio-assist headphones he’s wearing to hear everything in court).
John Marvin today looking down at court papers or his attorney’s notes.
I just realized that I haven’t posted any pictures today. Here’s one from the other day. It’s snapshot of a projected picture showing the south side of John Marvin’s house and the upper window from where he allegedly shot the officers.
Debbie Greene, mother of Anthony Wallace, was just called to the stand briefly about placement of dumpsters on Front Steet.
Dalton just explained that she moved the computers away from the south side window so that Savland could work to remove it. A cartridge — or ‘case’ as she described it — fell down and Savland told her to stop what she was doing. He apparently left to make another phone call and apply for a new search warrant.
She can’t understand why the whole south side window had to be removed.
In anticipation of possibly bringing up such evidence later, Judge George decides to go ahead and review proposed jury pattern instructions and underlying elements for diminished capacity. Hedland seems to have second thoughts and proposes getting back to it later (in a few hours). But George plows ahead anyway.
Judge George: “Are we there yet? Is this instruction appropriate based on the evidence that we have at this time?”
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