Man charged in daytime murder at BMV facility pleads not guilty

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ST. THOMAS - The man who surrendered to police in connection with the shooting and murder of a Bureau of Motor Vehicles employee pleaded not guilty in V.I. Superior Court on Thursday.

Shandos Powell, 24, was charged with first-degree murder; second-degree murder; first-degree assault; third-degree assault; reckless endangerment; and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.

Powell, who is from St. Thomas, is accused of shooting Akil Greig on Nov. 8 in the back lot of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles on St. Thomas.

Powell contacted V.I. Police the evening of the murder and advised them that he would surrender. However, he did not do so until nearly a week later to authorities at Barbel Plaza.

Powell was unable to post the $1 million bail and was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections, where he still is in custody.

Greig was a maintenance worker at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

The day of the shooting, Powell was said to have approached Greig about a disagreement about money. According to the probable cause fact sheet, Powell shot Greig and fled in a BMW station wagon, which later was found abandoned in a location police would not disclose.

Powell has until Jan. 24 to change his plea.

V.I. Superior Court Judge Denise Francois set Powell's trial to begin April 22.

Anyone with further information about the incident can call Major Crime detectives on St. Thomas at 642-8449 or call the Crime Stoppers USVI anonymous tip line at 1-800-222-8477.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email

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