Ex-Rep. Stepovich awaits verdict in Fairbanks drug case

Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2009

FAIRBANKS - It's now up to a Fairbanks jury to decide whether former Alaska state Rep. Nick Stepovich had cocaine behind a local bar.

After a day of testimony and closing arguments, the case went to the jury Friday evening.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported a verdict could come as early as Monday morning.

Stepovich, 51, claimed he was relieving himself in early morning hours of Nov. 8 behind a crowded bar. The police officer who stopped him said he believes Stepovich was doing cocaine in an alley.

Stepovich is the son of former territorial Gov. Mike Stepovich and served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 2003 to 2004.

Defense lawyer Allen Vacura said in closing arguments that the state's case was built mostly on conjecture.

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