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Rupert Walters Arrested In Ambush Slaying Of Man Sitting In Deck Chair

Rupert Walters

    ARRESTED: Rupert “Youth” Walters

CRUZ BAY – Police today announced that an arrest was made Friday in the slaying of 25-year-old Kenson Jolly, who was shot multiple times as he sat in a deck chair on Kongens Gade in May.

Rupert “Youth” Walters was taken into custody at 11 p.m. Friday after an arrest warrant was issued for him in connection with Jolly’s death on May 29. Walters is charged with first-degree murder.

Jolly’s killing rocked the normally tranquil world of Cruz Bay as it took place one block away from the waterfront in front of the Hospitality Car. At the time of his death, Jolly was alleged to have chopped Walters with a machette in February.

Police Commissioner Delroy Richards Sr. has acknowledged that most killings in the territory are “retaliatory.”

On Friday, May 29, 2015 at approximately 11:12pm, officers were dispatched to the area of Kongens Gade in downtown Cruz Bay, following-up on a report of a disturbance.

Upon arriving at the scene, police saw a black man slumped over in a patio chair, unresponsive to their verbal inquiries. On further inspection, the man was observed to have several gunshot wounds to his body.

He was pronounced dead on the scene. The victim was later identified as being Kenson Jolly of Pastory.

Jolly had been arrested on February 18, 2015 on the charges of first-degree assault, third-degree assault, mayhem, and possession of a dangerous weapon during the commission of a crime in connection with a stabbing incident that occurred that evening.

Officers were dispatched to Cruz Bay at 9:21 p.m. in reference to a report of a stabbing incident. The perpetrator was described as having been a black male, wearing black clothing and carrying a machete.

The victim of the stabbing was found bleeding from multiple wounds and minutes later after searching the surrounding area, officers encountered Kenson Jolly, who matched the description of the suspect and was himself covered in blood.

Jolly was detained and placed under arrest after being positively identified by a witness as being the person who assaulted Walters.

Walters was arrested on the charge of first-degree murder. His bail was set at $750,000.00. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an Advice of Rights hearing.


 DEAD: Kenson Jolly 

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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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