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Bail Set A $1Million For Noel Boyd Accused of Easter Monday Double Murder

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ACCUSED: Noel Boyd

FREDERIKSTED — A 25-year-old St. Croix man was arrested early this morning and charged in the shooting death of two men Easter Monday, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

On Saturday, May 28, 2016 about 6:14 a.m., officers with the Criminal Investigations and Special Opertions Bureau in collaboration with the Attorney General’s Office executed a search and arrest warrant in the Croixville Apartments located in Grove Place. 

Noel Boyd of Loraine Village was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Murder in regards to the double homicide that occurred between Morena’s Place and the Harmony Grocery Store in Christiansted.

Noel Boyd’s bail was set at one million dollars and unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Golden Grove Correctional Facility pending his Advise of Rights Hearing. 

Monday, March 29, 2016 at about 5:14 pm, the 911 emergency Call Center received a report of gunfire in the vicinity of the Harmony Grocery Store in the Water Gut area.

Upon arrival to the scene, officers found two male individuals lying on the ground lifeless. Emergency Medical Technicians responded to the scene and pronounced the victims dead on the scene after finding no signs of life. The 911 Emergency Call Center also notified officers that a third gunshot victim that had been shot in his foot was transported to the Juan Luis Hospital and received medical treatment. 

Preliminary information revealed that the victims were playing dominoes in the vicinity of the Harmony Grocery Store in the vicinity of Water Gut, when a male individual who was sitting in a red SUV reversed close to the victims, got out of the vehicle, and started firing shots towards victims. The suspect then fled the area in the vehicle.

 The deceased victims were identified by next of kin as thirty-three (33) year old Kayan Payne and twenty-nine year old Kanta Payne of Estate Grove Place who sustained multiple gunshot wounds about the body. The third victim was later identified as Harold Willock Jr. who sustained a gunshot wound to his foot.

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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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