Man accused of wife’s murder granted bail
A man accused of the murder of his wife was yesterday granted bail by the Court of Appeal.
The panel of Justices of Appeal Jon Isaacs, Stella Crane-Scott and Milton Evans found that the judge was wrong not to exercise her discretion to release Lavardo Huyler on bail given the state of the evidence.
The court set Huyler’s bail at $9,000 with one or two sureties. He is required to wear an electronic monitoring device and report to the Marsh Harbour Police Station on Mondays and Fridays before 6 p.m.
Huyler was charged with murder after the decomposed body of a woman was found in an area known as Stink Pond in Abaco on October 26, 2017.
Prosecutors allege that the deceased is Huyler’s estranged wife Harderia Bootle but the identity of the corpse has yet to be confirmed through DNA testing, the court heard.
Huyler was on bail for causing harm to Bootle prior to her disappearance, according to Francis Wilson, the prosecutor.
Huyler’s lawyer Krysta Mason-Smith pointed out that the judge, in refusing bail, made factual errors.
In her ruling, the judge said that Huyler led police to the decomposing body that was later identified as his wife’s.
However, through witness statements, Mason-Smith pointed out that Huyler was in custody when police found the body.
Wilson initially opposed the appeal but eventually conceded.
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