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Judge says he won't rush decision as 'Fairbanks Four' post-conviction relief trial ends


FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Four men who claim they were wrongly found guilty of killing a Fairbanks teenager in 1997 will have to wait learn the outcome of their most recent trial.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1Hxsry1) that closing arguments in the post-conviction relief trial for the so-called "Fairbanks Four" wrapped up Tuesday. But Superior Court Judge Paul Lyle says his decision likely won't come for several months, citing the need to thoroughly review the case.

George Frese, Marvin Roberts, Eugene Vent and Kevin Pease were sentenced in the death of 15-year-old John Hartman and have spent 18 years in prison.

They have sued the state based on new information that alleges another group of high school students fatally beat Hartman and the recantation of a key witness who testified against them.

Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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