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