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Police Make ‘Swift’ Arrest In Saturday’s Hospital Ground Murder on St. Thomas


CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police arrested a St. Thomas man today and charged him with the Saturday murder of Jerome Turnbull in Hospital Ground.

Aubrey Frett, 29, was arrested at 10:45 a.m. today based on an arrest warrant issued by a Magistrate of the Superior Court, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Frett is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault, third-degree assault, unauthorized possession of a firearm during a crime of violence and first-degree reckless endangerment, according to the VIPD.

Bail was set at $200,000. Frett was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections Detention Center pending further court hearings.

Turnbull, 44, was shot multiple times in Hospital Ground on late Saturday afternoon and died from the gunshots he sustained.


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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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