Tuesday saw the accused shooter of the two responding troopers to Tanana who were later shot during the attempted arrest of Arvin Kangas in court to answer charges of Murder I and II, Assault and Evidence Tampering.
20-year-old Nathanial Kangas was arraigned in Fairbanks court on Tuesday, where his public defender, Jesse Mickels, entered a plea of “Not Guilty” to the two counts of Murder I, two counts of Murder II, Assault and Tampering charges. Those charges were handed down by a Grand Jury for the deaths of Sgt Scott Johnson and Trooper Gabe Rich.
Bail was set at $4 million.
Although the courtroom was not as full as the hearing earlier this month, still, as many as a dozen law enforcement officers were in attendance at the arraignment.
Kangas father was also arraigned on charges of Evidence Tampering and Hindering Prosecution. His attorney, Jim Cannon, also entered a plea of “Not Guilty” to the charges for his client. His bail was set at $10,000.
A. Kangas is one of the two individuals that the Tanana Tribal Council voted to ban from the community after the incident that played out in that community and took the lives of the two law enforcement officers. That vote to banish still has to go to the tribal court for consideration.
Both the father and the son requested a jury trial in the community of Nenana.