Pathologist testifies at Kodiak shootings trial


by Your Alaska Link News Team

A former state medical examiner says two men killed in 2012 at the Coast Guard's Kodiak Island Communication Station suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Dr. Meredith Lann testified Thursday in the trial of 62-year-old James Wells, who is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Petty Officer James Hopkins and civilian Richard Belisle .

Lann testified that Hopkins died of a shot to the head. The bullet entered just below his nose and exited from the back of his head. A second bullet caused superficial damage to his chest

Lann says three bullets hit Belisle and two could have killed him. One struck the back of his right shoulder and lodged in a vertebra in his neck. A second pierced his left abdomen.