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EYEWITNESSES LINK TRIO TO 1997 ROBBERY SPREE

Federal prosecutors sent more eyewitnesses to the stand Wednesday in the case against three men accused of a 1997 crime spree that resulted in the murder of Janet Morgan in her north shore home.
Michael King, who was arrested in May along with Bryan Felix, Remy Augustin and Lestroy Bright for the armed robbery of the Chocolate Barbecue in La Grande Princesse on Feb. 18, 1997, testified against his accomplices on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Cathy Jules, an employee of Saibaba Gift Shop in Christiansted, identified Bright and Felix as the men who entered the store on Feb. 21, 1997, and stole money and jewelry.
On Tuesday, Candia Atwater testified that Bright robbed her of jewelry and money during an armed robbery of the Off the Wall beach bar in Cane Bay on Feb. 12.
Twelve days later, Morgan was murdered in her home not far from the bar. Felix, Augustin and Bright have been charged in that crime.
After linking the robberies to the trio, prosecutors on Wednesday turned to the homicide. Bright's girlfriend testified that the couple were friends of Morgan and her common-law husband Dr. Paul Hess, a well-known local veterinarian. Before Morgan was shot in the chest as the trio were burglarizing her home, Hess was shot in the leg.
On Monday, defense attorney Ronald Russell intimated that Hess could have been involved in the murder and that his testimony should not be taken for granted. Hess is expected to take the stand on Thursday.
The trial is scheduled to resume Thursday at 9:30 in District Court.

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Federal prosecutors sent more eyewitnesses to the stand Wednesday in the case against three men accused of a 1997 crime spree that resulted in the murder of Janet Morgan in her north shore home.
Michael King, who was arrested in May along with Bryan Felix, Remy Augustin and Lestroy Bright for the armed robbery of the Chocolate Barbecue in La Grande Princesse on Feb. 18, 1997, testified against his accomplices on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Cathy Jules, an employee of Saibaba Gift Shop in Christiansted, identified Bright and Felix as the men who entered the store on Feb. 21, 1997, and stole money and jewelry.
On Tuesday, Candia Atwater testified that Bright robbed her of jewelry and money during an armed robbery of the Off the Wall beach bar in Cane Bay on Feb. 12.
Twelve days later, Morgan was murdered in her home not far from the bar. Felix, Augustin and Bright have been charged in that crime.
After linking the robberies to the trio, prosecutors on Wednesday turned to the homicide. Bright's girlfriend testified that the couple were friends of Morgan and her common-law husband Dr. Paul Hess, a well-known local veterinarian. Before Morgan was shot in the chest as the trio were burglarizing her home, Hess was shot in the leg.
On Monday, defense attorney Ronald Russell intimated that Hess could have been involved in the murder and that his testimony should not be taken for granted. Hess is expected to take the stand on Thursday.
The trial is scheduled to resume Thursday at 9:30 in District Court.