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UPDATE: Jury finds Marvin guilty of double murders in Hoonah

Hoonah man faces life in prison

Posted: November 2, 2012 - 2:06pm

UPDATE:
A jury in Juneau has convicted a man accused of shooting and killing two Hoonah police officers on two counts of first-degree murder.

The 12 jurors reached their verdict at noon on Saturday after deliberating for a total of 11 hours. It was announced at about 12:45 p.m. John N. Marvin Jr. , 47, will be sentenced at a later date. He faces life in prison.

Marvin was also facing weapons misconduct charges, but those were dismissed by prosecutors after the verdict was read. A scheduling hearing in the case was set for Feb. 1, 2013. The verdict was read aloud by the judge who presided over the week-long trial in Juneau Superior Court, Sitka Superior Court Judge David George.

 

Friday's story appears below:

 

The jury in the John N. Marvin Jr. murder trial has been excused for the day without reaching a verdict.

The 12 jurors were excused 5 minutes before 5 p.m. Friday. They have been deliberating since 9 a.m. Friday morning.

Deliberations will continue Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

Before the presiding judge, Sitka Superior Court Judge David George, excused the jurors, they submitted three notes. One requested highlighters.

"Nothing I need a law book for," Marvin's attorney public defender Eric Hedland chuckled in court.

The second note requested time stamps for the police scanner traffic audio recording that was played in court two or three by the state. The audio recording is comprised of  three separate audio clips, but there was no way to know where one clip began and the other ended.

District Attorney David Brower made a copy of the time stamps, and submitted it to the judge to give to the jury.

The third note asked to be excused for the day.

--- Originally posted, 2:14 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2 --- Jury deliberating in Marvin murder trial The jury has begun deliberating in the John N. Marvin Jr. murder trial, following closing arguments that were held in the case late Thursday afternoon.

The 12 jurors broke to deliberate at 9 a.m. Friday and could reach a verdict at any time.

If a verdict is not reached by 5 p.m. on Friday the jury will continue deliberations on Saturday.

Attorneys in the case met twice this morning with the judge who presided over the trial, Sitka Superior Court Judge David George, to discuss how to tell jurors they might be working another Saturday.

Marvin's attorney, public defender Eric Hedland, expressed concerns that the jury might acquiesce simply because of the "end-of-the-day pressure" if they learn they will be deliberating over the weekend.

The judge expressed concerns that the jurors might have plans for Saturday and need to be informed of the Saturday work schedule so they can make necessary adjustments in their schedule.

During the 11 a.m. hearing, the attorneys ultimately decided to wait to inform the jurors.

Earlier at a four-minute hearing held in the courtroom at 9:11 a.m. the judge informed the attorneys that the jurors have been provided a copy of the finalized jury instructions. The judge advised that he made one or two adjustments to the instructions, including adding a punctuation mark — a colon — to a run-on sentence.

"I thought it read better," George said, adding he didn't want to change any of the instructions without advising the attorneys.

A copy of the jury instructions was not made available to the press.

Marvin, 47, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and weapons misconduct for allegedly causing the 2010 deaths of two Hoonah Police Department officers, Sgt. Anthony Wallace, 32, and Officer Matthew Tokuoka, 39.

Prosecutors say Marvin shot the officers from the second-story window of his house as they were socializing with their family members on Hoonah's main street. District Attorney David Brower says the motive was to fulfill a grudge from a prior 2009 arrest.

The defense says no one saw Marvin shoot them, and that Marvin only was assumed to be the suspect because he fit the profile and the location of his house to the shootings.

The trial was a week-long, beginning last Thursday and ending with closing arguments Thursday evening at 6 p.m. Before that, jury selection took three days.

After the jury announces its verdict on the murder charges, unbeknownst to them, they will then be asked to hear arguments and reach another verdict on the weapons misconduct charges. The attorneys in the case previously agreed that the two issues — the murder and weapons misconduct charges — would be bifurcated, or divided at trial.

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