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Man Who Fled St. Thomas Following Gas Station Murder Denied Bail

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       DENIED BAIL: Tahira Charles

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Tahira Charles will remain behind bars pending trial, V.I. Superior Court Judge James Carroll III ruled on Wednesday.

Charles, 32, of 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 in relation to a shooting death that occurred earlier this year.

In his August 10 order denying Charles’ motion for pre-trial release, Carroll determined that the People have demonstrated that the evidence against Charles is reliable and that there is clear and convincing evidence for the charge of first-degree murder.

“Applying the law to the facts presented at the detention hearing, the likelihood that Charles committed first-degree murder is compelling,” Carroll wrote.

Rehashing the facts of the case and evaluating the evidence collected during investigation, the court deemed as “reliable” the identification of Charles as the perpetrator.

“Since there is such clear and convincing evidence of the crime of first-degree murder, Charles will be detained pending trial,” Carroll concluded.

Charles is charged with the murder of Caseam Daniel, who was shot and killed on June 25 in the area of First Stop Gas station.

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 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. Then, Charles took a gun from his pants and shot Daniel three times.

He 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 slated for Aug. 18.

He was taken into police custody after being shot in the British Virgin Islands who then turned him over to U.S. Virgin Islands authorities after being treated in the Schneider Regional Medical Center in St. Thomas.

Judge James Carroll

 Judge James Carroll III

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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 50 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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