- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Trial has been set for a Tanana man accused of killing two Alaska State Troopers last spring.

Nathanial Kangas is charged in the deaths of Sgt. Scott Johnson and Trooper Gabe Rich on May 1 in Tanana. Johnson and Rich were based in Fairbanks.

Superior Court Judge Paul Lyle on Tuesday set trial for April. The trial will be held in the Nenana courthouse.

Lyle suggested a simulcast of the trial that could be shown in a Fairbanks courtroom and allow for uniformed troopers to watch out of the sight of jurors. Troopers who served with the slain officers have regularly attended court hearings, but a defense attorney has raised concerns that their presence could intimidate the jury, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported (https://bit.ly/1zwKDkO).

Kangas’ father, Arvin Kangas, is accused of repositioning the troopers’ weapons after the shooting. He faces charges of evidence tampering and hindering prosecution. His trial is scheduled for January, according to the court system’s website.

Arvin Kangas also has been charged with misdemeanor assault in another case for allegedly threatening Tanana’s unarmed village public safety officer on April 30. That incident is what brought Rich and Johnson from Fairbanks.

Both Nathanial and Arvin Kangas have been unable to make bail and are in custody at Fairbanks Correctional Center.

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


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