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  08/03/2016 Murder Suspect Advised Of His Rights; Bail Hearing Set  

Murder suspect advised of his rights; bail hearing set for Friday

 ST. THOMAS, V.I. – V.I. Superior Court Judge James Carroll III found probable cause to move forward on murder and related charges against Tahira Charles.

Charles, 32, of Bovoni, is charged with one count each of first-degree murder, first-degree assault, third-degree assault, unauthorized possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence and first-degree reckless endangerment.

Following his arrest Monday morning on a warrant signed by V.I. Superior Court Judge Kathleen McKay, Charles appeared before Carroll on Wednesday for an advice-of-rights hearing.

“I have reviewed the warrant, the probable cause fact sheet and criminal records and I find probable cause for the arrest of Tahira Charles,” Carroll said.

After advising Charles of his rights, Carroll told the defendant that he has a right to bail “except when charged with first-degree murder when the proof is evident and the presumption great.”

On the recommendation of Assistant Attorney General Eugene Connor, Jr., Carroll then scheduled a bail/detention hearing for Friday.

Charles is charged with the murder of Caseam Daniel, who was shot and killed on June 25 in the area of First Stop Gas station.

According to an affidavit prepared by Det. Nigel James, officers responded to reports of a shooting in the area of the gas station where they found Daniel’s bullet-riddled body. Footage from a surveillance camera showed a black BMW convertible bearing tag number TEF 376 arrive at the gas station with three occupants.  The driver, Devon Grant, exited the vehicle and went into the gas station’s convenience store. Charles, the front seat passenger, also came out of the vehicle; the third occupant stayed inside the vehicle, James wrote.Charles walked across the street to the area of Oswald Harris Court, where there was a group of individuals, including Daniel. Charles appeared to get into an argument with Daniel. Then, Charles took a gun from his pants and shot Daniel three times, then fled the area. Based on the accounts of several witnesses and information from a confidential source, police determined that there was probable cause to arrest Charles for Daniel’s murder, according to James’ affidavit.Charles’ arraignment hearing, at which he will formally answer to the charges, is slated for Aug. 18.
  Murder suspect advised of rights.pdf