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Convicted murderer gets 40 years

...Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals, requested 50 years, while the defense attorney, Assistant Public Defender Eric Hedland, requested 10 years, or some of the time to run concurrent with the Montana case.The judge ruled that the two 40-year...
Court bombshell: Troopers destroyed evidence in cold case, which was "cold" for about a decade and a half before it was re-opened in 2009.Assistant Public Defender Eric Hedland, who is representing Robert D. Kowalski, a 53-year-old Washington man accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend...
Forensic photos prompt move for mistrial

...request."It's denied," Juneau Superior Court Judge Louis Menendez said instantly after Assistant Public Defender Eric Hedland uttered the word "mistrial." Menendez then chided Hedland for posturing for the press.The episode began Wednesday...
Jurors hear closing arguments

...fairly, equitably, for what he did to take that woman's life."Not so fast, said Assistant Public Defender Eric Hedland. Kowalski was cleared of a crime back then and never charged. Alaska State Troopers even destroyed most of the evidence...
Prosecution rests against alleged killer will only take a day or two to put on; closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday.Kowalski's attorney, Eric Hedland, called his own blood stain and blood spatter analyst and crime scene expert to the stand on Monday. The expert...
Kowalski murder cold case to go to jury today

...Montana in 2008. Assistant Attorney General James Fayette calls the two cases "shockingly similar."Kowalski attorney Eric Hedland moved for a motion of acquittal on Tuesday, saying the state did not put on any evidence to prove Kowalski killed Perry...
'Mira' leads to arrest of alleged predator

...and two counts of online enticement of a minor.It's not known if Hudson's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Eric Hedland, will raise entrapment as a criminal defense. Hedland did not return a phone call seeking comment late Tuesday afternoon...
After hung jury, Kowalski won't be retried for first-degree murder

...ridiculous" story and said Kowalski and Perry had been in the middle of a heated argument, something Kowalski attorney Eric Hedland disputed.Hedland argued that Kowalski was in shock and emotionally distraught after the shooting and acted in a way...
Tedious words reveal Yakutat horror

...McPherron told Kowalski repeatedly in their interviews that he did not believe either of those things.Defense attorney Eric Hedland pointed out that the crux of Kowalski's story remained the same even as troopers used the Reid Technique, a standard...
More wild cards crop up in murder trial

...were dating.) But they did want to elicit the statement about the so-called confession.Assistant Public Defender Eric Hedland said he doubts Kowalski made that statement, but even if it were true, there is no way of knowing if Kowalski was...


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