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Woman Could Face Death Penalty Over Long Island Murder

Daphanie Knowles, 47, was charged in connection with the murder of Long Island web shop employee Andrea Carroll.

Daphanie Knowles, 47, was charged in connection with the murder of Long Island web shop employee Andrea Carroll.

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A WOMAN arraigned on Friday in connection with the murder and robbery of a web shop employee in Long Island could be facing the death penalty if convicted at trial.

Daphanie Knowles, 47, stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt accused of murder charge under section 291 (1a) of the Penal Code chapter 84.

This gives the court the discretion to consider the death penalty as punishment if an accused is convicted of murder, allegedly committed while carrying out a felony.

Knowles is claimed to have intentionally caused the death between November 28 and 29, 2014, of Andrea Carroll, who was found lifeless with a head injury and bound by her hands and feet.

It is further alleged that Knowles conspired with others, for some 58 days, to commit the offence of robbery and actually robbed Carroll of $68,000 which belonged to Bowe's Web Games Ltd.

Knowles, who was not required to enter a plea to the charges due to their nature, asked the magistrate: "Ma'am, who I conspired with and where's the money I supposedly took from her?"

"The Crown hasn't specified, at this time, who you are alleged to have conspired with. Regarding the second question, that's an evidential burden the Crown has to prove at trial," the chief magistrate replied.

Knowles is scheduled to reappear in Magistrates Court on March 31 for the case to be forwarded to Supreme Court. Knowles, who had no legal representation in yesterday's proceedings, was remanded to prison without bail but has the right to apply to the Supreme Court for a bond.

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