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VIPD: Francis ‘Ducky’ Vanterpool Uses Broken Bottle To Fatally Stab Man Who Hit Him With A Wood Plank At Farmer’s Market

ACCUSED MURDERER: Francis “Ducky” Vanterpool

MID-ISLAND ST. CROIX — A man told police when someone hit him over the head with a wooden plank near the Farmer’s market in La Reine he reacted badly — killing his attacker with a broken bottle.

Francis “Ducky” Vanterpool, 60, said he was under the covered area of the Farmer’s Market in near Kingshill when 49-year-old Findlay Collymore began hitting him on the head and all over his body with a wood plank.

Vanterpool told police that he grabbed a nearby bottle, broke it to give it a sharp edge and then fatally stabbed Collymore in the chest with the broken bottle, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

Collymore stumbled across the street with the chest wound to the nearby Ann Schrader Police Command, but eventually succumbed to his injuries.

Vanterpool was immediately arrested and charged with first-degree murder, third-degree assault and possession of a dangerous weapon, the VIPD said.

His bail was set at $1 million by Superior Court Judge Miguel Camacho.

Vanterpool was then remanded to the Golden Grove Detention Center pending an advice of rights hearing scheduled for today.

Police said the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report that a man was lying in the roadway by Villa La Reine, Kingshill at 4:25 p.m. on Tuesday.

Collymore’s next of kin have been notified about his death, police said.

LA REINE FARMER’S MARKET: Site of the fatal stabbing on Tuesday afternoon near the La Reine Chicken Shack and VITRAN Bus Terminal.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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. Kettysha Collymore
    March 9, 2019 at 10:39 AM — Reply

    This was the worst article I have ever read. And full of lies. This was bull shit because this was not the story the police told my family. Lie and more lies. Corrupted Police and media in St Croix

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