Friday, February 15, 2013

Arrest made in Coast Guard double homicide

Federal prosecutors just issued the following press release:

Feb. 15, 2013

U.S. attorney announces arrest for murder of Coast Guard employees in Kodiak

ANCHORAGE — U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that James Michael Wells of Kodiak was arrested today for the murder of U.S. Coast Guard Electrician's Mate 1st Class James Hopkins and retired Chief Boatswain's Mate Richard Belisle.

Hopkins and Belisle, who was working as a Coast Guard civilian employee, were murdered at the U.S. Coast Guard Communications Station Kodiak on April 12, 2012.

Wells was arrested under a federal arrest warrant based on a criminal complaint.

Loeffler notes that the arrest comes after an extensive investigation led by the FBI and the Coast Guard Investigative Service, with support from the Alaska State Troopers.

It is anticipated that Wells will appear in court in Anchorage next week.

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