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‘Fairbanks Four’ wants convictions overturned

By Associated Press 7:08 AM October 6, 2015
FAIRBANKS –

Four men who claim they were wrongly convicted of killing a Fairbanks teenager in 1997 are seeking post-conviction relief.

The so-called “Fairbanks Four” were sentenced in the death 18 years ago of John Hartman. Three of those convicted are still serving time while one is on parole.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://is.gd/2cja0g) they are seeking post-conviction relief in a civil proceeding in Fairbanks Superior Court. The trial started Monday, and could last a month.

Their attorneys are relying on the testimony of another man, a California inmate who claims he witnessed other men kill Hartman that night in Fairbanks.

The state claims it will prove the original jury verdicts that sent them to jail were valid, and plan to introduce new evidence that backs up the convictions.

(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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