AK Supreme Court: No new trial for Pease

Posted: Sunday, August 16, 2009

FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Supreme Court has denied a request for a new trial for one of four men convicted of the 1997 murder of 15-year-old John Hartman.

Kevin Pease, 31, argued that his rights were violated when an Anchorage jury conducted its own experiment into how well a witness might have recognized him from a distance.

The trial judge had ordered a new trial, after learning that jury members conducted the experiment without his authorization. In the experiment, two jury members walked about 400 feet down the street to see if they were recognizable to the rest of the jury.

A court of appeals reversed the trial judge's decision, and the Supreme Court affirmed the appellate court.

Pease is serving a 79-year sentence.

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