Defense questions police tactics in murder of Hopewell cab driver case

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — New questions about the investigation into the brutal murder of a Hopewell cab driver. Attorneys for the two suspects are challenging evidence in the case.

8news has learned the defense is questioning police tactics that led to the suspects’ confessions as well as the medical examiner’s report on the victim’s cause of death.

Nineteen-year-old Alisa Dejesus and 21-year-old Dyshawn Simpson are charged with first degree murder in the death of James Wells.

Prosecutors say the pair confessed they didn’t have the money to pay Wells after he drove them to Hanover last August, so they allegedly stabbed Wells and set him on fire.

Court documents show the suspects’ attorneys contend investigators “used deceit and other tactics” to get the suspects to confess.

The defense also suggesting the medical examiner may have made a mistake in determining how and when Wells died.

The suspects’ attorneys want the court to appoint an independent medical examiner to review evidence regarding Wells’ death.

They will be back in court to argue their case before the judge next month.

We’ve also learned both suspects will be tried separately.

Their trials are set for December.

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