Alleged Accessory to Murder Released - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

08/16/02

Alleged Accessory to Murder Released

Monica Dejesus

Twenty-four-year-old Monica Dejesus was charged with two counts of accessory to murder for her role in the shooting deaths of two Beaufort County sheriff's deputies on January 8. Forty-three-year-old Lance Corporal Dana Tate and 35-year-old Corporal AJ Coursen responded to a domestic call when they were shot to death. Forty-year-old Tyree Roberts is charged with their murders. The deputy solicitor says prosecutors asked the judge to deny Dejesus bond, but the judge denied their request.

"My biggest concern was her living in the same community with some of the defendant's--Mr. Roberts'--friends, could possibly intimidate some of the witnesses we have in the upcoming trial of Mr. Roberts," deputy solicitor Steve Knight said.

Knight says the earliest Dejesus could go on trial would be February. However, part of the conditions of the bond prohibits Dejesus from contacting any of the victims' family members. Roberts' trial date has not been set.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey

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