Two men and a woman were today (Wednesday, April 28) charged in connection with the April 18 robbery-homicide in Paraquita Bay where Catherine Pickering was fatally shot outside her home.
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has charged 22-year-old Akeem Hopkinson and 28-year-old Shameek Grant with murder and robbery.
The Zion Hill residents were also charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
The lone female among the group — 20-year-old Tyann Smith of Freshwater Pond — was charged with aiding offenders in this incident, the RVIPF said.
“Early this morning, I was able to visit the detectives at the station and congratulated them personally for their diligence in this matter. I am very pleased with the swift actions and work of these detectives. I also made a call to Ms Pickering’s daughter to apprise her of the new developments,” Police Commissioner Mark Collins said while commenting on today’s bust.
In the meantime, the trio now joins Shemar Richardson, 24, who appeared before the Magistrate’s Court last week on a similar robbery charge relating to the same incident.
Prosecutors have alleged that Richardson’s involvement in the robbery-homicide was that he fed inside information to the perpetrators who executed the crime on the night in question.
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