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Tire expert testifies in Kodiak murder trial

By Associated Press 5:13 PM April 14, 2014

A tire expert says it’s unlikely that a nail found in the tire of the man charged in a Kodiak double homicide was picked up on a roadway.

Gary Bolden says the long nail likely was perpendicular to the tread and probably inserted mechanically.

Bolden testified Monday in the trial of James Wells, who’s charged with murder in the shooting deaths of Richard Belisle and James Hopkins on April 12, 2012 at a Coast Guard Communication Station on Kodiak Island.

Wells worked with the victims and claimed he was delayed that morning because he stopped to change a flat tire.

Prosecutors say he instead drove to the shop at the communications station, shot his co-workers and returned home to establish an alibi.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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