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Violet Anne Golden

ST. THOMAS — Violet Anne Golden and Stephanie Barnes could stand trial before the end of the year, depending on what U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller decides at a pretrial conference later this month.

Miller has scheduled a conference for Aug. 27, after both prosecutors and defense attorneys said they needed additional time to prepare for trial, given the complex nature of the case.

— Contact Suzanne Carlson at 340-714-9122 or email scarlson@dailynews.vi.