After nearly a year, news was released Friday from the U.S. Attorney's Office that an arrest has been made in the slayings of two men last April on Shemya Island off the coast of Kodiak Island, Alaska.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and retired Chief Boatswain's Mate Richard Belisle were shot and killed in what has been a real-life murder mystery.
A former co-worker, James Michael Wells, has been arrested and charged with those murders, but as yet there has been no hint of a motive.
Wells will appear in federal court in Anchorage this coming week. He is expected to plead not guilty to the charges.
James Wells is a civilian contractor who worked alongside both Hopkins and Belisle at the island communications station which monitors maritime and air traffic.
There are over 2,000 military and civilian workers on Shemya Island.
Wells and his wife Nancy live approximately 12 miles from the small town of Kodiak, pop. 6,000.
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