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Appeal against acquittal of American remains outstanding

The appeal against the directed acquittal of an American visitor accused of a fatal stabbing in Bimini remains outstanding.

Tyler Valles, of Key Largo, Florida, was charged with manslaughter after Carl D. Yerger, a businessman on vacation, was found dead on April 18, 2014 at the Big Game Club Resort & Marina on Bimini.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has appealed Valles’ acquittal in 2017; however, he cannot be located.

When the matter was called in the Court of Appeal yesterday, Kristan Stubbs said that Interpol had been contacted with hopes of locating Valles.

Valles left the country after his acquittal.

Attorney Ryszard Humes, of Munroe and Associates, the firm that represented Valles during his trial, appeared.

Humes said that he had no contact for Valles, but appeared because the firm had been served with the notice of appeal.

Justice of Appeal Milton Evans said, “I’m not sure how much longer this matter should linger in the system,” before the matter was adjourned to September.

Yerger, 45, was on a fishing trip with Joe Zidik, his friend and business partner, when he was killed.

The two co-owned Custom Milling & Consulting Inc. in Pennsylvania.

According to authorities, Yerger was stabbed after a fight with two men, who were on a private yacht in the resort marina.

Authorities said he repeatedly attempted to board the boat without permission before the fight broke out.

Artesia Davis

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.
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