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Tentative trial date set for Two Rivers man accused of murdering father

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Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 11:42 pm | Updated: 12:07 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — Attorneys are talking about a spring trial date for a man accused of murdering his father last year in Pleasant Valley.

At a hearing Tuesday afternoon, attorneys tentatively agreed the trial for Blair Lawless, 21, likely will be scheduled for mid-April before Superior Court Judge Doug Blankenship, though the date may be adjusted as the trial approaches.

Lawless is facing a charge of first-degree murder for allegedly killing Melvin “Mike” Lawless, 59, in February 2011.

Blair Lawless is in custody at Fairbanks Correctional Center. He waived his right to attend Tuesday’s hearing.

Public defense attorney Jennifer Hite said she is checking to see if witnesses will be available for a trial in mid-April. She said she plans to call two expert witnesses in Lawless’ defense.

Assistant District Attorney Joe Dallaire said he anticipated the state’s case will take about two weeks and will involve about five expert witnesses.

Lawless is serving a six-year sentence for stabbing a man in the chest in November 2010 in East Anchorage. The man lived. Lawless pleaded guilty to second-degree felony assault in June, according to the Alaska Court System website.

He is being held on $1 million bail in the murder case.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545.

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