2008-01-31 / News

Swain waives extradition on murder charge

David Swain David Swain Jamestowner David Swain appeared in federal court in Providence on Friday, Jan. 25, and waived his right to fight extradition to the British Virgin Island where he has been criminally charged with the murder of his wife while on a scuba diving trip there in 1999.

Swain, 51, a former member of the Jamestown Town Council, has repeatedly proclaimed his innocence. He was arrested in November by federal authorities on a murder warrant from the British Virgin Islands at his dive shop, Ocean State Scuba, on North Main Road. The dive shop has since been closed. Swain has been charged by BVI with killing his wife Shelley Tyre, then 46, while they were scuba diving in waters off Tortola in 1999.

BVI officials had originally ruled Tyre's death an accident.

Tyre's parents, Richard and Lisa Tyre of Jamestown, won a wrongful death suit against Swain in 2006. BVI officials renewed their interest in the case after the civil court verdict.

Swain is expected to be transported to BVI in the next few weeks. A trial could begin in late summer or fall.

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