Hearing set for Friday in Fairbanks 4 case

A hearing has been scheduled in the case of four men seeking post-conviction relief in the 1997 death of a Fairbanks teenager.

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The hearing is Friday morning, but the purpose wasn’t immediately known. Neither the attorney general’s office nor a defense lawyer will comment until paperwork is filed in court.

Three Alaska Native men and one American Indian man were convicted of killing teenager John Hartman in 1997. All are still in jail except one, and they are seeking to have their convictions overturned in a civil action. The case was heard in Fairbanks over five weeks this fall, and the judge said he would issue a decision in about eight months.

Two of the men are represented by Bill Oberly with the Alaska Innocence Project. He tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that Hartman’s family has been contacted in advance of Friday’s hearing.

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