Suspect’s Interview Played in CommSta Murder Trial


The man charged with gunning down two co-workers at a Coast Guard communications station in Kodiak told an FBI agent he couldn’t explain why it took so long to get home after discovering he had a soft tire on his pickup the morning of the shooting.
FBI agent Kirk Overlander interviewed James Wells following the murders of Richard Belisle and James Hopkins in April 2012.
In recordings played Wednesday, Wells said he left for work, stopped to check the tire and drove home.
A security camera recorded Wells driving past the nearby Coast Guard base and driving in the opposite direction 34 minutes later.

Asked to explain what took him so long to return home, Wells tells the FBI agent he didn’t have a reasonable explanation.

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