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Month-Long Delay For Two Us Men Accused Of Manslaughter

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

THE CASE of two Americans facing trial for manslaughter has been delayed by at least a month.

Tyler Valles and Robert Schwarz appeared before Senior Justice Stephen Isaacs yesterday for the expected start of their trial in connection with the killing of a fellow countryman in Bimini.

However, Wayne Munroe, QC, lawyer for Valles, indicated that he intends to be heard on a constitutional motion before the start of prosecution against the pair and said he expected to file the necessary documents within two days.

As the motion has to be heard before trial can proceed, the matter was further adjourned to May 24.

Valles, 21, and Schwarz, 64, are charged with the March 14, 2014 manslaughter of 45-year-old Carl David Yerder, in which it is alleged that they are criminally liable for Yerder’s death.

Yerder, of Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, was found lying in the grounds of a hotel with stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accused men were each granted $30,000 cash bail when arraigned in Magistrate’s Court five days after the victim’s death. They pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter charge when formally arraigned in the Supreme Court.

Mr Munroe represents Valles while Jomo Campbell represents Schwarz.

Cordell Frazier and Anya Allen appear for the Crown.

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