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Bail Hearing Today For Accused Gas Station Murderer Tahira Charles

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – V.I. Superior Court Judge James Carroll III found probable cause to move forward on murder and related charges against Tahira Charles.

Charles, 32, of Estate Bovoni, is charged with one count each of first-degree murder, first-degree assault, third-degree assault, unauthorized possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence and first-degree reckless endangerment.

Following his arrest Monday morning on a warrant signed by V.I. Superior Court Judge Kathleen McKay, Charles appeared before Carroll on Wednesday for an advice-of-rights hearing.

“I have reviewed the warrant, the probable cause fact sheet and criminal records and I find probable cause for the arrest of Tahira Charles,” Carroll said.

After advising Charles of his rights, Carroll told the defendant that he has a right to bail “except when charged with first-degree murder when the proof is evident and the presumption great.”

On the recommendation of Assistant Attorney General Eugene Connor, Jr., Carroll then scheduled a bail/detention hearing for today.

Charles is charged with the murder of Caseam Daniel, who was shot and killed on June 25 in the area of 1st Stop Gas Station in Estate Thomas.

According to an affidavit prepared by Det. Nigel James, officers responded to reports of a shooting in the area of the gas station where they found Daniel’s bullet-riddled body.

Footage from a surveillance camera showed a black BMW convertible bearing tag number TEF 376 arrive at the gas station with three occupants, the affidavit said.

The driver, Devon Grant, exited the vehicle and went into the gas station’s convenience store. Charles, the front seat passenger, also came out of the vehicle; the third occupant stayed inside the vehicle, James wrote.

Charles walked across the street to the area of Oswald Harris Court, where there was a group of individuals, including Daniel. Charles appeared to get into an argument with Daniel, according to James. Then, Charles took a gun from his pants and shot Daniel three times, then fled the area.

Based on the accounts of several witnesses and information from a confidential source, police determined that there was probable cause to arrest Charles for Daniel’s murder, according to James’ affidavit.

Charles’ arraignment hearing, at which he will formally answer to the charges, is scheduled for August 18.

The accused killer allegedly absconded to the British Virgin Islands before he could be arrested by the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) where he was injured in a shooting in Tortola, allowing the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force to detain him there.

Charles was brought back to the territory this week for treatment of the injuries he sustained in the BVI and to be formally arrested here.

The VIPD issued a wanted poster on Charles on July 18 after he fled to the BVI.

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1st Stop Gas Station in Estate Thomas

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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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