Prosecutors to open Coast Guard shooting trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Jurors will hear opening statements Tuesday in the trial of a Coast Guard civilian technician charged with killing two co-workers workers in Kodiak.
Federal prosecutors say 63-year-old James Michael Wells nearly two years ago dodged direct surveillance cameras and shot 51-year-old Richard Belisle (BEL'-eye-ul) and 41-year-old Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins at the communications station workshop where all three were employed.
Prosecutors say Wells' had feuded with his younger co-workers and was unhappy that his authority in the shop was ebbing away.
Wells claims his...