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Man Accused Of Stuffing Elderly Lab Tech In A Garbage Bag Extradited From Florida To Stand Trial For Murder

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MUG SHOT: Jason Brian Coulter

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The suspect in the murder of a 60-year-old lab technician originally from Tennessee was returned to the territory on Friday, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Jason Brian Coulter, 31, was extradited to St. Thomas from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Correctional Facility located in Florida, after being captured on an arrest warrant for the murder of William Bennett, the VIPD said.

On December 2, 2014, Roy Lester Schneider Hospital Security performed a welfare check for Bennett, a laboratory staff member, according to police. Hospital security went to Bennett’s residence in Sapphire Village and knocked on the door of his apartment, but there was no answer.

After making several attempts, the maintenance manager of the complex was contacted, and hospital security were allowed inside the apartment to look for Bennett, police said. After a search, they found the hospital employee’s body in a black garbage bag.

Coulter was formally arrested and charged with the 2014 murder of Bennett, according to police. He was processed and remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an Advice of Rights hearing.

Jason Brian Coulter at his booking in Florida

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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