The State Department of Law has announced that Alaska State Troopers will look into the new allegations in the case of the 1997 murder of John Hartman.
Kevin Pease, Marvin Roberts, Eugene Vent and George Frese are all currently serving time after being convicted of the murder, but a confession by Bill Holmes and a post relief conviction filing by the Alaskan Innocence Project have brought new doubts to their guilt.
The state originally had 45 days to respond to the filing, but according to the Department of Law statement, they will be asking for an extension to that due to the investigation.
The Department of law also says that they believe the convictions were properly obtained based on the evidence presented at trial.
Last week the Newscenter spoke with the Laren Zager, Chief of the Fairbanks Police department, who said he welcomed an independent investigation.
We'll have more on this story as it becomes available.