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November 23rd, 2015
Murder accused Andraes Norford extradited from St Kitts

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Police have today November 23, 2015 confirmed that officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Major Crime Team escorted murder suspect, Andraes Nolford, 24, back to the Virgin Islands where he was officially charged for the death of Cornel Melbourne Francis.

July 16th, 2015
Kavarne Richards freed of murder charge!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Kavarne Richards, who had been charged with the murder of Cornel Melbourne Francis, was freed earlier today July 16, 2015 following the court’s upholding of a no-case submission.

December 12th, 2014
$13K allegedly paid to murder Cornel M. Francis

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Today December 12, 2014 two of three men implicated in the murder of Cornel Melbourne Francis, Kavarne Richards and Jefferson Joseph, appeared before Magistrate Ayana Baptiste-DaBreo when the court heard of a $13k price for the life of the now deceased man.

November 20th, 2014
2 more head to court for Cornel M. Francis’ Murder

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – On December 12, 2014 family members of murdered Cornel Melbourne Francis are highly likely to be in the Magistrate’s Court room to witness the processing of two more persons that have been implicated in the daring execution style murder on May 9, 2013.

October 13th, 2014
UPDATE: Kavarne Richards remanded for Cornel M. Francis’ murder

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Kavarne Richards, 28, has been remanded to prison today October 13, 2014 after he appeared before Magistrate Ayana Baptiste-DaBreo following his arrest in relation to the murder of Cornel Melbourne Francis which occurred on May 9, 2013 at Long Look Sticket.

May 9th, 2014
RVIPF renews appeals for information into Melbourne’s murder

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force is renewing its appeal for witnesses or information as it marks the one year anniversary of the murder of Cornel Melbourne Francis.

February 7th, 2014
2013 lone homicide being actively pursued by RVIPF – SoC Mr. Charles

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – For the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) the loss one life to crime is one too many and according to its Superintendent of Crime (SoC) Mr Alexis Charles they are leaving no stone unturned in their quest to bring justice for the 2013 lone homicide.

December 2nd, 2013
UPDATE: 12 & 7 yrs for Edwards & Simmonds Jr respectively

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Yan Edwards and Rodney Simmonds Jr were this morning, December 2, 2013 sentenced to several years in prison after they were found guilty of conspiring to murder Cornel Melbourne Francis.

October 29th, 2013
“Problems now start” - Simmonds & Edwards threaten relatives of Melbourne Francis

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Pandemonium broke out in the compound of the High Court yesterday afternoon, October 28, 2013 as prison officers attempted to escort Rodney Simmonds Jr and Yan Edwards back to HM Prison in Balsam Ghut amidst strong decorative languages and threats hurled at relatives of the now deceased Cornel Melbourne Francis.

October 28th, 2013
UPDATE: Edwards & Simmonds Jr found guilty of conspiring to commit murder

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – (Post Time: 16:05 P.M.) Moments ago, October 28, 2013 a High Court jury returned a guilty verdict in the case involving Yan Edwards and Rodney Simmonds Jr who were accused of conspiring to murder Cornel Melbourne Francis in March 2011.

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