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St John man convicted of 2012 murder

Ralph Titre, 27, of Hard Labor, St John has been found guilty of the August 17, 2012 shooting death of Tiny Jah Jarvis. Photo: VIC

BELLE VUE, St John, USVI- A young man has lost his freedom after a V.I. Superior Court jury unanimously convicted him of a 2012 murder that occurred on St. John, US Virgin Islands (USVI), the [US[ VI Department of Justice announced Thursday, December 1, 2016.

Following two days of testimony and after a day and half of deliberations, the 12-member jury found Ralph Titre, 27, of Hard Labor, St John, guilty of nine of the 10 charges he faced – four counts of unauthorised possession of a firearm during the commission of or attempted commission of a crime of violence, one count each of second-degree murder, first-degree assault, third-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, and destruction of evidence – in connection with the August 17, 2012, shooting death of Tiny Jah Jarvis.

In commenting on the outcome of the trial, Attorney General Claude Earl Walker said, “We are pleased with the outcome, in that justice has been achieved, especially for the Jarvis family.”

Prosecutors relied on the testimony of several witnesses, including Crystal Turnbull and her sister, Shereka Turnbull, to prove their case. Both of the sisters testified that they were at Belle Vue and they witnessed Titre shoot Jarvis.

Titre, who was free on bail pending his trial, was immediately remanded into custody following the jury verdict.

VI Superior Court Judge Michael Dunston has scheduled March 22, 2017, as the date for Titre’s sentencing.

The trial was prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Eugene James Connor, Jr and Quincy McRae.

5 Responses to “St John man convicted of 2012 murder”

  • my yute (02/12/2016, 19:51) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Only we in the bvi cant find killers
    • Check this (03/12/2016, 06:52) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      You see the case in St John was won because of Witnesses. In the BVI we protect the criminals and encourage crime.
  • Reply (02/12/2016, 20:15) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    The BVI politce force is lacking in leadership.
    • Really? (03/12/2016, 08:46) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      No police anywhere can solve any crime without some kind of input from the community (unless the act in question was committed right in front of the police, and even then). The BVIs is a small place. Everybody talks, and people in communities know or suspect who may or may not have been involved, or has some kind of information. But, here in the BVIs, we'd rather close ranks than denounce our own. That gangster mentality tacitly means that here in the BVIs we must accept the increasing lawlessness. Just like kids, criminals (and many are just youth), will push the boundaries. How far can they go? We already seem to be good with thieving, murders, armed robbery, domestic violence. If, we in the community want and end to this downward spiral, we must cooperate with the police.
  • crime eye (05/12/2016, 09:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    why in belle vue they have to come,tell me.we have to keep belle vue clean or get clean up.

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