Kodiak Daily Mirror - Jury reaches verdict in Coast Guard murder trial
Jury reaches verdict in Coast Guard murder trial
Apr 25, 2014 | 1400 views | 1 1 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal jury in Alaska has reached a verdict in the case of a man accused of killing two of his co-workers at a Coast Guard communications station on Kodiak Island.

The jury began deliberating Thursday in the case of 62-year-old James Wells. He is charged in the 2012 shooting deaths of 41-year-old Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins, Wells supervisor, and 51-year-old civilian Richard Belisle (BEHL'-eye-ul).

Prosecutors allege Wells, a civilian, was unhappy that he was increasingly irrelevant on the job through the advancement of the victims. He faces six felony charges, including two counts of first-degree murder.

Federal prosecutors say they will not seek the death penalty if he is convicted.

Jurors are expected to announce their verdict Friday afternoon.
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April 25, 2014
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