Wife Says Husband Innocent of Shooting Deaths on Kodiak Island

The wife of an Alaska man arrested Friday in last year’s shooting deaths of two employees at a Coast Guard air station on Kodiak Island says her husband is innocent.

Nancy Wells told The Associated Press Saturday she expects her husband, James Michael Wells, “will be fully exonerated.”

The 61-year-old man is accused in a federal murder complaint of killing Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and retired Chief Boatswain’s Mate Richard Belisle on April 12, 2012.

The U.S. attorney in Alaska announced his arrest Friday. He’s expected to appear in court next week in Anchorage. Jail records show he is in custody at the Anchorage Jail.

Wells says she has “full faith” in her husband’s innocence and “no faith in the quality of the investigation.”