Widow Testifies in CommSta Murder Trial

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP)

The wife of a Coast Guardsman shot to death two years ago at a Kodiak communications station says she didn’t shoot her husband and his co-worker.
Deborah Hopkins was called as a defense witness Thursday in the trial of James Wells, who’s charged with first-degree murder in the death of Petty Officer First Class James Hopkins and civilian employee Richard Belisle.
Defense attorneys contend investigators immediately focused in on Wells and ignored other possible suspects.
Defense attorney Peter Offenbecher questioned Deborah Hopkins about an affair her husband had, their finances, her familiarity with the shop were her husband was murdered and guns in their home.
During cross-examination, special assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen Duigan directly asked Deborah Hopkins if she had murdered her husband. Hopkins said she had not.

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