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VIPD Solves Cold Case Murder After 11 Years: Vivian Stuart To Stand Charges



CHARLOTTE AMALIE – V.I. Superior Court Judge Michael Dunston granted bail to a 58-year-old St. Thomas woman who is accused of killing her husband a little more than 11 years ago.

Vivian Stuart of Heritage Hill Condominiums made her initial court appearance before Judge Dunston Friday morning to be advised of her rights following her arrest Thursday afternoon on a warrant signed by V.I. Superior Court Judge Kathleen Mackay.

Based on the police affidavit in support of the arrest, Judge Dunston found that there was probable cause to move the case forward.

Vivian Stuart faces charges of first-degree murder, first-and-third-degree assault (both crimes of domestic violence) and possession of a dangerous weapon during the commission of a crime of violence in connection with the June 25, 2005, murder of her husband, Egbert Stuart. The case was investigated by the Cold Case Unit of the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

Attorney General Claude Earl Walker sought to have the court set bail in the amount of $1 million, arguing that Stuart is a danger to the community and a very high flight risk given her ties outside the territory and the charges she faces.

At the end of the hearing, Judge Dunston set bail at $100,000 and imposed a number of conditions, which include home confinement with electronic monitoring, if she is able to secure her release.

Stuart is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 6 for her arraignment hearing at which she will formally answer to the charges.


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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

1 Comment

  1. Kishma Stuart Richardson
    October 7, 2016 at 10:35 AM — Reply

    My God sits high but he looks low. I prayed to live to see the day when my Fathers killers would face justice. God answers prayer!

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