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Hoonah man convicted in 2010 murder of two police officers

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published November 3, 2012

John Marvin Jr., 47, has been convicted of first-degree murder in the 2010 shooting deaths of two police officers in the Southeast Alaska community of Hoonah.

According to the KTUU (via the Associated Press), the 12 jurors reached the verdict around noon on Saturday after being released, unable to come to consensus, on Friday. Total deliberation time lasted around 11 hours and the verdict was announced at 12:45 p.m.

In August 2010, Marvin was arrested on murder charges for allegedly shooting two Hoonah police officers, Matt Tokuoka and Anthony Wallace, from his home as they walked down the street.

KTUU reports that district attorney David Brower argued that because Marvin was beaten up by police officers in a 2009 trespassing incident, he held a personal grudge against law enforcement. Brower claimed that Marvin murdered Tokuoka and Wallace "in cold blood," adding that bullets used in the shooting matched a rifle in Marvin's home.

Marvin will be sentenced at a later date and faces potential life in prison.

Hoonah is a community of about 750 people, located 40 air miles west of Juneau in Southeast Alaska.

Read more about the case here and here.

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