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Investigators testify in Kodiak double murder case

Posted: April 11, 2014 - 12:09am

ANCHORAGE — A Coast Guard investigator says murder suspect James Wells had time to leave a Kodiak communications station, switch cars and drive home after shooting two co-workers.

Special Agent Aaron Woods testified Thursday that he recreated the scenario by driving from the communications station to Wells’ home.

Wells is charged with murder in the deaths of Richard Belisle and Petty Officer First Class James Hopkins.

Wells claims he was late to work on April 12, 2012, because he had to change a soft tire. Security video recorded him passing the main Coast Guard base and returning 34 minutes later.

Woods says a one-way trip from the communication station to Wells’ home can be made in about 13 minutes, which would have been enough time for Wells to commit the crime.

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