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IslandHops
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December 19, 2012 2:34 pm  

I'm voicing my disappointment regarding the 5 teens that were arrested for the violent assault (now murder) of Mr. Hyde over on STT. These suspects were charged and then released into their parents/guardians custody.

What a crock of shit! They were in their parents/guardians custody when this heinous crime was committed!

Now they have been identified and charged they are likely to have even less regard for others and are free to commit more crimes knowing they are probably heading for incarceration anyway. Nothing to lose.

Yes, I know, innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. But if our somewhat challenged police force had enough evidence to book them then there is a bloody good chance they were involved, so I still question releasing violent offenders pre-trial. I'd give odds that at least one of these suspects is involved in another misadventure before seeing the inside of a cell.

When will the justice system stop enabling crime and start acting to protecting innocent citizens?


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Ronnie
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December 19, 2012 3:46 pm  

And they went to school the next day!! They should have been put under house arrest at least. The law is the law I guess. Hopefully they will be now charged with murdar as adults and not given any breaks. Bill was the nicest guy ever. It's very sad.


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December 19, 2012 4:45 pm  

This is absolutely absurd! These teenagers are murderers! Bill passed away yesterday, and no move to charge them.


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gringojj
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December 19, 2012 6:07 pm  

The article in the Avis siad something about the DA determining IF there will be a change in the charges!?

IF?

How does that work?


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IslandHops
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December 19, 2012 7:17 pm  

I could say something about nepotism and incompotence trumping justice, but that would never happen here - Yea Right!


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speee1dy
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December 19, 2012 7:25 pm  

sad but all to frequent situation down here. you do the crime of an adult you should get treated as an adult


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Ronnie
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December 19, 2012 9:12 pm  

I am sure it will be done in time. It's a process.


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December 21, 2012 11:54 am  

Wild animals need to be in a cage, not running amongst us.


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susan56
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December 21, 2012 2:37 pm  

Agree vicanuck!


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gparrot
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February 17, 2013 11:30 pm  

Did they ever arrest the 5 teenagers who murdered Mr. Hyde on murder charges?


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speee1dy
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February 18, 2013 2:19 pm  

i was wondering that as well


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March 1, 2013 1:49 pm  

http://virginislandsdailynews.com/news/events-in-the-death-of-william-hyde-motions-filed-to-charge-5-juveniles-as-adults-in-magens-bay-slaying-1.1439229/blockquote >

- Nov. 24, 2012: A resident finds Hyde badly beaten at 7 a.m. in a bathroom stall at Magens Bay beach. Hyde had no identification on him, and police asked for assistance from the public in determining his identity. Detectives said Hyde was in stable condition and "improving."

- Dec. 10-12: Police arrest five minors in connection with Hyde's beating. The minors are charged with attempted murder; first-degree assault; kidnapping; grand larceny; unauthorized use of a vehicle; possession of stolen property; possession of a stolen vehicle; and two counts each of using a dangerous weapon during a crime of violence. The boys are advised of their rights in Family Court, then released to their parents or guardians pending further court action.

- Dec. 14: Police report that Hyde has been taken off of life support at a stateside hospital but is "still hanging on."

- Dec. 17: Hyde, who had been hospitalized since the beating, dies. Police announce that detectives are communicating with the V.I. Attorney General's Office regarding the update in the case and that the Attorney General's Office will determine whether the charges against the suspects changes.

- Dec. 21: St. Thomas-St. John Criminal Division Chief Renee Gumbs-Carty says the case is "still going through the process of being investigated." She says the V.I. Justice Department has "already done most of the paperwork" for updating the charges, which she says she expects to happen within a week.

- Jan. 2, 2013: Chief Deputy Attorney General Wayne Anderson says the process of updating the charges still is ongoing. He says an update likely will occur by a Jan. 8 hearing in Family Court. "By then we should know where we're going," Anderson says.

- Jan. 8: Prosecutors ask for a continuance at the Family Court hearing. "We continued the matter for our own reasons that will be revealed at a later date," Anderson says.

- Jan. 18: V.I. Attorney General Vincent Frazer and Government House spokesman Jean Greaux Jr. deny that the delay in updating the charges has anything to do with one of the suspects being the son of an executive chauffeur for the office of Gov. John deJongh Jr. Frazer promises an update in the case "very soon."

- Feb. 1: Frazer says prosecutors have filed motions to upgrade the charges against the minors and to try them in V.I. Superior Court instead of Family Court. He says his office still is waiting on a ruling on the motions

Interesting....


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March 2, 2013 10:34 pm  

a month ago and they can't determine if the charges should be murder.


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IslandHops
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March 4, 2013 4:05 pm  

In today's 3/4 Dail News (page 2) there is an article stating the suspects have been detained and there will be new charges filed against them as adults - "homicide of some sort"...


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speee1dy
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March 4, 2013 7:21 pm  

BOUT TIME


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LiquidFluoride
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March 4, 2013 11:47 pm  

BOUT TIME

+1

the handling of this case was bad all around, bad for the community, bad for the government... the delay has exacerbated the situation beyond measure.


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March 5, 2013 2:24 pm  

Here's the Source article stating that they will be tried as adults.

http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2013/03/04/suspects-hyde-murder-be-tried-adults

It does take time to builld a proper case that will not be thrown out of court or can be appealed.


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