A jury has been seated in the trial of an accused arsonist.
Ashley R. Johnston, 19, is being charged with felony arson, felony criminal mischief, and misdemeanor criminal trespass.
Questioning, or voir dire, of potential jurors lasted all day on Tuesday. Opening arguments in the case will start on Wednesday morning.
Police used surveillance video to identify three suspects in the case.
Ryan Martin, 24, and Dillon West, 24, were also charged in connection with the June 2012 fire. The blaze caused $20,000 worth of damage to supplies and equipment used to lay new artificial turf at Adair-Kennedy Field.
All three defendants were to be tried together. But Johnston’s case was severed in December and a minor-in-possession-of-alcohol charge was dropped last week.
Martin and West are now scheduled for trial starting April 1st.
- Stuart DeWitt, Nick Davis and Joe Thompson were inducted into the Gold Medal Hall of Fame.
- On Saturday at the Juneau Lions Club 71st Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament, Lion Steve Brandner was chosen as the recipient of the Walter A. Soboleff Achievement Award, the tournament’s highest honor.
- Shutting down the oil platforms will allow Hilcorp to reduce the amount of natural gas flowing in the leaking pipeline.
- The co-chairmen of the House Finance Committee revised their plans to introduce an income tax to Alaska for the first time in nearly four decades.