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Judge Puts Bail At $1 Million For St. Croix Men Accused In Watergut Shanty Murder From June

ARRESTED ON ST. CROIX: Andre Auguste of Frederiksted. Auguste is 27 years old.

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CHRISTIANSTED — Two men have been arrested in the murder of Dean Schneider in the kitchen of a Ruby M. Rouss Housing Complex unit downtown this summer.

According to police, detectives have arrested K’Shawn Hughes, 20, of Estate Peter’s Rest and Andre Auguste, 27, of Frederiksted on Friday on a warrant signed the previous day by a Virgin Islands Superior Court judge.

The 911 Emergency Call Center on St. Croix dispatched officers to the housing complex at 2:30 p.m., Sunday June 4.

Police responding to the call found a large crowd gathered at the rear of a building. When they reached the unit, they found a man lying in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor with what appeared to be gunshot wounds to the head and leg.

According to police, the suspects, now identified as Hughes and Auguste, left the area in a silver SUV with heavily tinted windows.

The victim, who was later identified by police as Schneider, would die later that day at the Juan F. Luis Hospital.

On Sunday, Auguste and Hughes were being held on $1 million bail each at the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility while awaiting an Advice of Rights hearing.

Any person with information about this crime is asked to contact police at (340) 778-2211, or 911, or the Crime Stoppers USVI anonymous tip line at 1-(800) 222-8477.

ARRESTED ON ST. CROIX: K’shawn Hughes of Estate Peter’s Rest. Hughes is 20 years old.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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