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Virgin Islands Murder Case Delayed

May 16, 2000

ROAD TOWN, British Virgin Islands (AP) _ A judge postponed a hearing Tuesday for four Americans charged with murdering a Connecticut artist after prosecutors said they were awaiting forensic evidence.

Magistrate Judge Gail Charles set a June 5 date for the preliminary inquiry to determine whether the men should go to trial for the Jan. 15 slaying of Lois Livingston McMillen of Middlebury, Conn.

The hearing had previously been postponed until Tuesday, but prosecutors said they had yet to receive results of DNA tests.

McMillen, 34, had been staying in a villa owned by her family in this British Caribbean territory. Her body was found on the southwest side of the island of Tortola.

Police charged Michael Spicer, 36, of Albemarle County, Virginia, a longtime neighbor of McMillen’s on Tortola. Also charged were his house guests, Evan George, 22, a construction worker from Washington, D.C.; investment banker William Labrador, 36, of Southampton, N.Y.; and Alexander Benedetto, 34, who works for a book publisher in New York City.

All deny the charges. If the case is sent to trial and the defendants are convicted, they could face life in prison.

Forensic evidence being tested includes clothing seized from the defendants at the time of their arrests.

If the case is sent to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, trial likely won’t occur before October.

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