- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The father of a man accused of shooting and killing two Alaska State Troopers will stay in jail on connected charges until his trial.

A judge on Wednesday denied a bail request for Arvin Kangas because conditions presented by a third-party custodian would have left him alone during the day, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported (https://is.gd/ksQYqy).

Kangas is charged with several counts of evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in the May 1 shootings deaths of Sgt. Scott Johnson and trooper Gabe Rich in Tanana. Kangas’ son, Nathanial, is charged with first-degree murder in the officers’ deaths.

Arvin Kangas is accused of moving the bodies and placing the troopers’ guns under the bodies.

During the bail hearing Wednesday, Kangas’ attorney, Jim Cannon, sought his client’s release to his older brother, Alvin Kangas, until trial. Cannon said Alvin Kangas has a clean record and owns a furnace repair business in Fairbanks.

Cannon said Alvin Kangas would be with his brother until he went to work, but Arvin Kangas would be home alone during the day.

Cannon also asked Judge Paul Lyle to not be overly influenced by the presence of nine uniformed Alaska State Troopers in the courtroom for the hearing. The newspaper reports that the number of police was one of the largest present at a Kangas hearing since the initial court appearance.

Lyle said he wasn’t satisfied with Alvin Kangas serving as a third-party custodian for bail purposes.

“This proposal is not sufficient to keep the public safe given the serious charges that are at stake and given the defendant’s history of assaultive conduct,” he said.

Lyle also cited Arvin Kangas’ past demeanor in the courtroom, which included telling his son, “I love you,” during a previous hearing, violating a court order not to speak in court. Kangas did not speak at the Wednesday proceeding.

Lyle did say, however, he might consider a custodian who would be with Arvin Kangas 24 hours a day.


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

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