ST. THOMAS, V.I. – V.I. Superior Court Judge Michael Dunston
granted bail to a 58-year-old 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
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.
Attorney General Claude Earl
Walker sought to have the court set bail in the amount of $1 million, arguing
that Vivian Stuart is a danger to the community and a very high flight risk
given her ties outside the Virgin Islands 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
Vivian Stuart is scheduled to
appear in court on Oct. 6 for her arraignment hearing at which she will
formally answer to the charges.