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Competency hearing delayed for man charged with Hoonah police murders

Posted: January 6, 2012 - 7:56pm  |  Updated: January 8, 2012 - 1:06am

The Hoonah man accused of shooting two Hoonah police officers to death in August 2010 appeared in Juneau court on Friday for a competency hearing.

The hearing was being vacated due to technical problems — some of the parties involved in the hearing were appearing via phone, but the phones weren’t working in court.

The hearing was rescheduled for Monday in Juneau before Sitka Superior Court Judge David George.

The issue of whether John N. Marvin Jr. is legally competent to stand trial is still undetermined.

Marvin, 46, faces first-degree murder charges in the August 2010 deaths of Anthony Wallace, 32, and Matthew Tokuoka, 39. He is also charged with weapons misconduct.

In September, three expert witnesses testified on whether they believed Marvin was legally competent to stand trial. One determined he was, one determined he was not, and a third evaluated Marvin for culpability and not competency.

The third expert, Dr. David Sperbeck, recently completed his evaluation of Marvin, and is expected to be questioned about it in court during Monday’s hearing.

Sperbeck’s competency evaluation, which was filed Dec. 28, 2011, according to a court docket, is a confidential document that only attorneys, certain court personnel and parties to action are privy to view.

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