Kodiak murder case witness testifies on local cars

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

A defense witness in the trial of the man charged with killing two co-workers at a Kodiak Coast Guard station says there are plenty of other cars on the island that fit the dimensions of a vehicle recorded near the murder scene.

Federal defender investigator Deatrich Sheffield says 263 blue vehicles registered on the island fit the same dimensions and that doesn't count Coast Guardsmen cars registered elsewhere.

Sheffield testified Thursday in the trial of electronics technician James Wells, who's charged with killing Richard Belisle and James Hopkins shortly after 7 a.m. on April 12, 2012.

Prosecutors say Wells used his wife's blue sport utility vehicle to drive to the scene.

A security camera recorded a blue vehicle driving past the shop at 7:09 a.m. and returning five minutes later.