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Accused Double Murderer Fights Extradition to the Virgin Islands


           Mikhail Brian “Mischa” Young

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The lawyer for a Russian-born man accused of killing his adoptive parents on St. Thomas earlier this year will fight his client’s return to the territory to face murder charges, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

Mikhail Brian “Mischa” Young, 24, has severe psychological issues, and his medical condition should be considered before he can be turned over to authorities in the Virgin Islands, according to his lawyer Stanley Norkunas.

“Because of his mental condition, this is a little different,” Norkunas said from Massachusetts. “There’s 50,000 people in the U.S. Virgin Islands. I don’t even know if they have anyone who can treat him. I want to find that out.”

On Friday, Norkunas filed a writ of habeas corpus, which is a step taken to fight an extradition warrant. It will force an evidentiary hearing in the next 60 days to be held in Middlesex Superior Court and argued by the Massachusetts state attorney general’s office.

Norkunas said he does not know if Young can intelligently assist in his defense. Also in question the attorney said is if Young did commit the murder, whether he is capable of knowing he committed a crime.

The VIPD said previously that Young stabbed his adopted parents to death in early May inside a Sapphire Bay condominium they rented while they vacationed in St. Thomas with their son. Young allegedly put their bloodied bodies in two bathtubs in the condominium and absconded from the territory.

The last time anyone saw Kenneth Young, 73, and Jane Young, 66, was on May 2, when a security video showed them going into their condo with their son. Later that day, Mikhail Young left and told employees at the resort he needed an immediate flight back to the United States.

Police in Massachusetts arrested Young on May 4 after the Virgin Islands Police Department said that he was a person of interest in the murders.

In June, the V.I. Department of Justice issued a warrant that charged Young with two counts each of first- and second-degree murder, as well as several assault and weapons charges.

Young is due back in Framingham District Court in Massachusetts on Sept. 8 for a status hearing.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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