ST. THOMAS — A St. Croix man accused in a murder-for-hire case is likely to see trial in July, according to court documents.
Delroy Thomas was awaiting trial in connection with the alleged rape and impregnation of a 16-year-old girl when prosecutors say he used a contraband cell phone to try to arrange the murder of the victim and her mother in December 2015.
Thomas’s trial for charges of use of interstate commerce facility in commission of murder for hire, attempted murder, attempted retaliation against a witness, and possession of prison contraband was slated to begin this month in the U.S. District Court of the Virgin Islands St. Croix Division. However, Chief Judge Wilma Lewis has postponed the trial until July 8, according to court documents.
According to court documents, Thomas used the phone to contact a fellow inmate. However, the inmate he contacted was a confidential informant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and used three-way calling to record the phone conversations, according to court documents.
Recordings of the cell phone calls, in which a man investigators say is Thomas repeatedly tells the informant he wants both witnesses killed, where to find them, and which school the girl attends, as well as how much the hit should cost, were played in open court.
Prosecutors also say Thomas sent pictures of the intended targets of the hit to the informant, according to court documents.
A pretrial conference in the case is scheduled for 1 p.m. July 3.
Prosecutors wrote in a court filing they expect the trial to take approximately four days.