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Saldana Charged with Second-Degree Murder

Retired Police Captain Enrique Saldana was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife, according to the V.I. Police Department.

Major Crime Bureau detectives on St. Thomas arrested the 51-year-old Saldana, who was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his advice of rights hearing.

Police were notified of the incident at 7:43 a.m. Friday when 911 dispatchers received a call from a man at the Food Center Supermarket in Estate Fredenhoj. The caller said his girlfriend was not breathing and requested an escort to the hospital.

The man, later identified as Saldana, was escorted to the Roy L. Schneider Hospital by a law enforcement officer. At the hospital, Saldana told officers he had been at Vessup Beach with his wife, 43 year-old Jeanette Magras-Saldana, and that while they were at the beach his wife collapsed and stopped breathing.

Emergency Room Medical Staff pronounced Magras-Saldana dead on arrival.

The medical staff said Magras-Saldana’s body had several bruises. Saldana was detained for questioning and later provided detectives with a statement. Preliminary investigation revealed that Magras-Saldana sustained multiple bodily injuries, some of which caused severe black and blue bruising.

Additionally, medical personnel said the victim appeared to have died several hours prior to her arrival at the hospital. The exact cause of death has not yet been determined pending completion of an autopsy.

Saldana was arrested at approximately 6 p.m. Friday. In addition to second-degree murder, Saldana was charged with voluntary manslaughter, first-degree assault and third-degree assault. His bail was set at $500,000 and he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an advice of rights hearing.

Saldana was one of three officers convicted in 2010 of extortion.

Detectives continue to investigate the case. Anyone with information related to the crime can contact the VIPD Major Crimes Unit at 1-340-642-8449, the 911 dispatch center or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI, at 1-800-222-8477.

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