US Attorney: Man Convicted in Alaska Coast Guard Killings

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A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew conducts inland search and rescue and mountain landing training in Kodiak, Alaska, Nov. 21, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Jeff Mistrick)
A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew conducts inland search and rescue and mountain landing training in Kodiak, Alaska, Nov. 21, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Jeff Mistrick)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — 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.

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

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