Defense asks for new autopsy in murder of Hopewell cab driver

HANOVER, Va. (WRIC) — The suspects accused of murdering a Hopewell cab driver appeared in Hanover Circuit Court for a hearing on Monday.

In court on Monday, follow-up court dates were set and the defense asked for an independent medical examiner to come up with cause of death. Attorneys argue that the state’s Medical Examiner erred in determining Wells’ cause of death.

Last August, James Wells was abducted, stabbed multiple times, set on fire and left to die. Prosecutors say 19-year-old Alisa Dejesus and 21-year-old Dyshawn Simpson hired Wells to drive them to Hanover and then killed him.

Both Dejesus and Simpson are charged with first degree murder.

Stay with 8News for continuing coverage on this developing story.

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