Lawyers for alleged accomplice to Kavairlook killing seek to bar public from hearing

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A new twist emerged today in the years-long saga that followed the shooting death of John Kavairlook Jr.
Demarius Hinson, one of the men charged in connection with the homicide of the Fairbanks man outside a local bar, was scheduled for a change of plea today.
However, Hinson's lawyers are filing a motion to close court proceedings to the press and public due to the nature of the changed plea.
Hinson originally pleaded not guilty to a single felony count of hindering prosecution after authorities say he and the other men fled the state after an altercation that led to the shooting death of Kavairlook outside of Rockin' Rodeo Bar.
Judge Lyle agreed to delay the proceedings, but he hasn't yet ruled on whether the change of plea hearing will be closed to the public, and lawyers haven't given a reason why it's thought to be necessary.
Hinson's lawyers believe it would defeat the purpose of the motion if they shared their reason.