Woman suspected of witholding information about a murder released on bail
Published: October 8, 2013
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ST. CROIX - The woman arrested Friday on charges that she has been hampering a murder investigation, made her initial court appearance in Magistrate Court on Monday morning.
Carol Barnes, 47, of Candido Guadalupe housing community appeared before Magistrate Miguel Camacho and was advised of her rights on charges of false reporting, interfering with an officer discharging his duties and misprision of a felony - which means concealing information about a felony.
Camacho advised her that if she is tried and convicted, she could face up to five years in prison and be responsible for more than $5,000 in fines.
The charges stem from the ongoing investigation into the fatal shooting of Andy J. Peters in Lorraine Village Apartments in June.
During interviews with investigators and as recently as Oct. 2, Barnes concealed or failed to report a felony, made false reports to police concerning the case, and as a result has been hindering officers in their investigation of the case, police said.
Peters, also known as "Pan Kido," of Estate Concordia was fatally shot about 10:15 a.m. June 3, when another man opened fire on him in the Lorraine Village parking lot between Building 5 and Building 12.
At the time of his arrest, Peters was on house arrest and under electronic monitoring in connection with charges he faced in connection with a shooting, Oct. 22, 2011, in Catherine's Rest.
According to police, Peters was a passenger in a white Chevrolet Blazer that Barnes was driving when it came under fire by the unidentified gunman. He was struck several times in his body and died at the scene, according to V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames.
Barnes, though visibly shaken on the scene, was not injured by the gunfire or in any other way physically harmed, police said.
The affidavit filed in connection with Barnes' arrest that would give details to what specific information police believe she is withholding or why has been sealed.
On Monday, Camacho allowed Barnes to be released after posting 10 percent of her bail, which had been set at $10,000. Because Barnes is responsible for 11 children and grandchildren in her home, Camacho allowed her third-party custodian to live at a separate residence but to still be responsible for ensuring that Barnes abide by all of her conditions of release, including having no contact with any of the witnesses in the case.
Camacho arraigned Barnes on the charges, and she pleaded not guilty to each count. She has been scheduled for a calendar call before V.I. Superior Court Judge Harold Willocks at 9 a.m. Dec. 20.
Detectives said the investigation into Peters' murder still is ongoing and anyone who has information can call detectives at 712-6037, 712-6077 or 911 or call the confidential tip line at Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.
- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email email@example.com.