Car expert testifies in Kodiak double homicide


by Your Alaska Link News Team

An expert in Honda vehicles says he's 70 percent sure that a blue car seen driving by a murder scene at a Kodiak Coast Guard communication station was one of his company's compact sport utility vehicles.

Honda technical specialist Neil Schmidt testified Tuesday in the trial of James Wells, who's charged with shooting co-workers Richard Belisle and James Hopkins on April 12, 2012.

Wells claims he was delayed driving to work that day by a flat tire on his pickup.

Prosecutors contend Wells drove to the airport, switched into his wife's blue Honda CRV, drove to the communication station and shot his co-workers.

A blurry security video shows a blue vehicle driving by the building at 7:08 a.m. and heading in the opposite direction five minute later.