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Widow speaks out after 2 arrests in taxi driver husband's murder

Alisa Dejesus and Dyshawn Simpson are behind bars accused of killing a Hopewell taxi driver who gave them a ride last year. (Source: Hanover Sheriff's Office) Alisa Dejesus and Dyshawn Simpson are behind bars accused of killing a Hopewell taxi driver who gave them a ride last year. (Source: Hanover Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Family photo) (Source: Family photo)
HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - The family of James Wells, a Hopewell cab driver who was killed on the job, is speaking out after two people were charged with his murder. Alisa Dejesus, 19, and Dyshawn Simpson, 20, both of Richmond, face first degree murder charges in the death of Wells, last August. Wells' body was found in his burned-out minivan near the Richmond National Battlefield Park at Gaines Mill the next morning. The Medical Examiner ruled he died in the fire.

His father began searching the interstate looking for clues when his son wasn't answering phone calls. He later saw the wrecker hauling off the burned minivan confirming his worst fears.

Seven months after her husband's death, Malibu Wells is now seeing the faces of his alleged killers.

“It kind of starts the grieving all over again,” said Malibu Wells, who gravely misses her husband.

Wells, 26, worked at Marshall Cab in Hopewell.

Detectives say Wells, a Navy Veteran, picked up Alisa Dejesus and Dyshawn Simpson, and drove them to Mechanicsville.

Malibu saw him just hours before, at the hotel where the couple was temporarily living.

"I saw him at the hotel at midnight, to give him his energy drink, before he had gotten his call. He had $140 on him," recalled Malibu.

Malibu believes that bit of money may be what led to a fight between her husband and the suspects. Detectives say Wells became incapacitated. His mini van was discovered burned, the next day. Wells was killed just a little over a week before his six-year anniversary.

"He would do anything to help you, no matter what it was," said Malibu of her husband.

Now, Malibu is working to protect other cab drivers, so they won't suffer a fate like her husband. She's working to craft legislation to require a partition in taxi cabs, so drivers can be separated from passengers.

"Something as simple as that can save somebody's life," said Malibu.

NBC12 last updated this case in February. Detectives say tips from viewers helped lead to these arrests.

Investigators are still working the case and ask anyone with information to contact the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

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