Closing arguments expected Monday in double-murder retrial

Closing arguments are expected Monday in the double-murder re-trial of a Kodiak man, after which the case will go to the jury for deliberations, according to legal documents posted online by the prosecution.

James Michael Wells is on trial for the 2012 murder of two co-workers at the Coast Guard Communication Station at Buskin Lake.

In the first trial, Wells was convicted of six felony charges, including two counts of first-degree murder. He was granted a retrial after an appeal.

Wells has maintained his innocence throughout both trials.

In separate, but related documents, posted on the legal website PACER, the Government requested the judge’s approval for one of the victims’ daughters to telephonically attend the reading of the verdict.

Coast Guardsman Mike Yrjana helps with the search for the murder weapon. KMXT File Photo/ Jennifer Canfield.


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