Rhode Island Man Faces BVI Murder Trial In Years Old Case


CaribWorldNews, PROVIDENCE, R.I., Tues. Oct. 6, 2009: A man who is suspected of killing his wife in the British Virgin Islands in 1999 will this week go on trial on the island for the murder.

Scuba shop owner David Swain, 53, is set to be tried for the murder of his wife of six years, Shelley Tyre.

The Swains had traveled to Tortola in 1999 for a vacation but Shelley Tyre died while scuba diving. At the time, authorities in the British Virgin Islands called the death accidental and Swain was allowed to return to the U.S. with his wife`s body.

But three years later, Tyre`s parents filed a civil suit accusing their son-in-law of killing their daughter. In 2006, a civil jury ruled in favor of the Tyre`s paving the way for BVI authorities in the British dependent territory to re-open the case.

Swain, 53, has maintained his innocence but a jury will have to decide his fate even as prosecutors in the BVI admit they only have circumstantial evidence – including the damaged state of Tyre`s scuba equipment and Swain`s behavior after her body was found.

The trial gets underway tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 6th and Swain faces life in prison if found guilty.


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