David Swain’s Murder Conviction Canceled
TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands (AP) – Three judges in the British Virgin Islands have overturned the conviction of a Rhode Island man accused in his wife's scuba death in 1999.
David Swain walked free Thursday after judges with the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of Appeal found problems with the jury instructions read by a judge during the trial in 2009.
A jury had unanimously convicted Swain of murdering Shelley Tyre in what authorities portrayed as a near-perfect crime. Tyre's drowning near an isolated shipwreck was initially ruled an accident.
Swain had been ordered to serve at least 25 years of a mandatory life sentence.
Swain was accompanied by his daughter and told reporters that he intended to return to Rhode Island.
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