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Second trial finds James Michael Wells guilty in Alaska

Coast Guard murder - guilty

The U.S. attorney for Alaska says a jury has convicted a former U.S. Coast Guard civilian technician of murder and weapons charges in the 2012 shooting deaths of two co-workers.

Tuesday's decision came during a second trial for James Michael Wells.

A federal appeals court panel in 2017 reversed an earlier conviction on murder and weapons charges after concluding Wells did not receive a fair trial.

Wells was charged in the shooting deaths of James Hopkins and Richard Belisle on Kodiak Island.

U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder's office, in a release, said Wells will remain in custody pending sentencing.

An attorney for Wells didn't immediately return an after-hours phone message seeking comment.



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