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Charlotte Amalie
Tuesday, July 23, 2024


An Estate Tutu man is back on St. Thomas to face murder and illegal weapons possession charges in connection with a 1997 murder.
Vance A. Monsanto Jr., 23, was formally charged Saturday afternoon with first-degree murder. Bail was set at $500,000.
It is unclear when he was returned to the territory.
Monsanto was arrested last month in Bridgeport, Conn., by FBI agents working with local police. He was charged in the July 27, 1997, shooting death of Wayne Christopher following an argument near the "wreck shop" in Mariendahl.
Police said earlier that Monsanto had been on the run since local homicide detectives secured a warrant for his arrest.
After his arrest on June 29, Monsanto appeared before a state Superior Court in Connecticut for hearings on his extradition to the Virgin Islands.
Additional details of the government's case against Monsanto will likely be revealed in an advice-of-rights hearing in Territorial Court on Monday or Tuesday.

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