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April 25, 2019
By Corliss Smithen
Public Media Officer
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Jury convicts Corraspe of 2015 murder
ST. THOMAS, V.I. – Jurors empaneled to hear the trial of K’Moi
Corraspe convicted him of murder, assault and weapons charges in connection
with a killing that occurred almost four years ago in the Contant Knolls Housing
a full day of testimony and almost four hours of deliberation, the 12 men and
women returned a unanimous verdict Thursday afternoon finding Corraspe, 24, of Contant
Towers guilty of all eight counts he faced – one count each of first-degree
murder, first-degree assault, third-degree assault, first-degree reckless
endangerment and unauthorized possession or use of a firearm within 1,000 feet
of a housing community, and three counts of unauthorized possession or use of a
firearm during the commission of a crime of violence – for the Dec. 10, 2015,
shooting death of 23-year-old Kadeem John.
Court Judge Michael Dunston has scheduled Corraspe’s sentencing for May 29.
commenting on the outcome of the trial, Attorney General Nominee Denise George
said, “Justice has been served. I
applaud Assistant Attorneys General Eugene James Connor III and Timothy Perry
for their dedication and excellence in their performance of our service to our
trial, the prosecution team of Assistant Attorneys General Connor and Perry relied
on the testimony of ten witnesses, including an eyewitness, to help prove its
recounting the events of Dec. 10, 2015, the eyewitness, who lived at Contant
Knolls Housing Community at the time of the killing, testified that sometime
around 11 o’clock that night, she awoke from her sleep after hearing a group of
boys outside making noise. When she
looked through her window, she saw a group of young men, including John, playing
dice and gambling. Then about five
minutes later, she saw Corraspe walk up to the victim and the two began to
wrestle. Corraspe then pulled out a gun
and shot John. The eyewitness ran
outside to render assistance to John and as she was watching the scene, Corraspe
ran away to a waiting vehicle and the vehicle sped away, the woman said. During police investigation, the eyewitness
positively identified Corraspe from a photo array as the man who shot and
Nigel James, who was assigned to the case, told the court that during his
investigation, several witnesses identified Corraspe as John’s killer. Det. James petitioned for and obtained an
arrest warrant charging Corraspe with the crime; however, Corraspe was not
arrested because he could not be located, Det. James said.
testified further that police made contact with Homeland Security to see if
Corraspe traveled any time after Dec. 10, 2015, and they were informed that he
may have traveled on Dec. 17, 2015, on either American Airlines or Delta
Airlines. Det. James received a subpoena
for both airlines and he learnt that Corraspe left St. Thomas on Dec. 15 on
American Airlines for New York on a one-way ticket.
A search of the National Crime Information Center
(NCIC) database revealed that Corraspe was arrested in New York in June 2016 on
a fugitive from justice warrant. Local
law enforcement authorities then made contact with their counterparts in New
York to have Corraspe extradited back to the Virgin Islands, according to Det.
a governor’s warrant, Det. James and another officer traveled to New York and
brought Corraspe back to the Virgin Islands to face his charges, Det. James
said in his testimony.
pathologist, Dr. Francisco Landron, who also took the witness stand, told
jurors that John died from a gunshot wound to the neck.
faces life imprisonment for his first-degree murder conviction.