78.4 F
Cruz Bay
Saturday, December 4, 2021
HomeNewsLocal newsArrest Made in Malfetti Homicide

Arrest Made in Malfetti Homicide

Mekel Blash, a 27-year-old Nadir man, was arrested Friday and charged with murder in the January 2014 death of James Malfetti on St. John, the V.I. Police Department reported Friday night.

According to the VIPD, Blash was arrested at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

James Malfetti, 41, was found inside his Boatman Point Road apartment on Jan. 19, 2014, with stab wounds to his neck. The death drew national attention, with CBS News and other stateside media suggesting the VIPD shared complicity in the murder of Malfetti, who was from Scotch Plains, N.J., and had lived on St. John about a year.

At the time of the death the V.I. Police Department declined to describe any other circumstances of the death, saying only that it was part of an ongoing investigation.

Advertising (skip)

Blash, 27 of Nadir, was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, third-degree assault, use of a dangerous weapon during the commission of a crime of violence, grand larceny and first-degree burglary.

No bail was issued for Mekel Blash by order of Judge Kathleen McKay of the Superior Court. Blash was processed and remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his advise of rights hearing.
 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Keeping our community informed is our top priority.
If you have a news tip to share, please call or text us at 340-228-8784.




Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.



JOIN OUR MAILING LIST

STAY CONNECTED

20,771FansLike
4,501FollowersFollow

FROM FACEBOOK

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
Load more