ST. THOMAS, V.I. – Tahira Charles will remain behind bars pending
trial, V.I. Superior Court Judge James Carroll III ruled Wednesday.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 in
relation to a shooting death that occurred earlier this year.
In his August 10 order denying
Charles’ motion for pre-trial release, Carroll determined that the People have
demonstrated that the evidence against Charles is reliable and that there is
clear and convincing evidence for the charge of first-degree murder.
“Applying the law to the facts
presented at the detention hearing, the likelihood that Charles committed
first-degree murder is compelling,” Carroll wrote.
Rehashing the facts of the case
and evaluating the evidence collected during investigation, the court deemed as
“reliable” the identification of Charles as the perpetrator.
“Since there is such clear and
convincing evidence of the crime of first-degree murder, Charles will be
detained pending trial,” Carroll concluded.
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. He 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.