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31-Year-Old Anna’s Retreat Man Accused Of Killing Elementary School Teacher In His Home

Malaki George


CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 31-year-old St. Thomas man surrendered to police this morning after a murder arrest warrant was issued for him in connection with a 2012 killing.

Malaki George of Estate Anna’s Retreat was arrested at 11 a.m. Wednesday based on a warrant issued by Superior Court Judge Adam Christian on Feb 2.

George has been formally charged in the Sept. 7, 2012 murder of David Payne Jr., according to police.

Payne was an elementary school teacher who was shot multiple times in his home before 10:30 p.m. on September 7, 2012.

His family began a campaign called “Justice For David Payne Jr.” offering a reward for the capture of his killer. Payne was a teacher at Ulla F. Muller Elementary School in Estate Contant.

The family created their own website at: and it was featured on WSTA-1340 AM “Lucky 13.”

George has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of second-degree murder, first-degree assault, third-degree assault, four counts of use of a dangerous weapon during the commission of a crime of violence and one count of first-degree reckless endangerment.

Bail was set at $500,000.00 for George. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an Advice of Rights hearing.

David Payne with children

David Payne Jr.  with his children.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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