2008-02-28 / News

Swain formally charged with wife's death in Tortolla

Jamestowner David Swain has been returned to the British Virgin Islands where earlier this month he was formally charged with killing his wife, Shelley Arden Tyre.

The BVI Beacon reported that Swain appeared Feb. 14 before a magistrate. In court, a prosecutor read aloud the charge of murder alleging that Swain killed his wife on March 12, 1999, at The Sound, Cooper Island, near the Twin Wrecks Mary L and Pat, where the couple had been scuba diving.

Swain, 52, a former member of the Jamestown Town Council, has repeatedly proclaimed his innocence.

Swain 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.

In January Swain waived extradition to the British Virgin Islands.

Nine years ago BVI officials ruled Tyre's death an accident, "unless proven otherwise," after she died while scuba diving with Swain on a vacation in Tortola.

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's next court appearance is scheduled for April 17 for a preliminary inquiry. Swain is being held without bail in Her Majesty's Prison at Balsam Ghut.

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