TCC Responds to New Evidence in Fairbanks Four Case

Press Release for Immediate Release

May 8, 2014

Contact: Shirley Lee, TCC Justice Task Force, (907) 452-8251 ext. 5502

Fairbanks, Alaska— Tanana Chiefs Conference has long espoused the view that justice was not served in the case of the Fairbanks Four. We applaud the ongoing work of the Alaska Innocence Project, whose efforts continue to produce tangible evidence that a terrible injustice was perpetrated against Marvin Roberts, Eugene Vent, Kevin Pease and George Frese.

The filing submitted by the Innocence Project on May 7, 2014, reveals that the Fairbanks Police Department (FPD) received a murder confession from William Holmes in 2011. And despite this admission of guilt, the Fairbanks Police Department apparently did not thoroughly investigate the new information. This apparent lack of due diligence by the FPD was done despite years of public outcry that justice had not been served in this case, despite ongoing court actions and despite many questions of reasonable doubt in the convictions of the Fairbanks Four. Instead of properly reviewing the case, FPD remained silent. 

As we await the response from the State of Alaska to the Post-Conviction Relief filing by the Alaska Innocence Project, we can only wonder what other information has been disregarded or left uninvestigated. The tribes of the Tanana Chiefs Conference have directed TCC leadership to seek an unbiased, federal review of this case. We believe such action is merited given the circumspect handling of the case since its inception. 

“True justice is not served if all possibilities are not investigated with unprejudiced eyes,” said Shirley Lee, member of the TCC Justice Task Force.

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 TCC is a non-profit organization that works toward meeting the health and social service challenges for more than 10,000 Alaska Natives spread across a region of 235,000 square miles in Interior Alaska.