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Keyser hearing is continued

On Monday, May 21, Middlesex General District Court Judge Stephanie E. Merritt continued the preliminary hearing for accused murderer Alvin B. Keyser until July 16, 2018, at 11 a.m.

Middlesex Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Hurd made the motion to continue the hearing because the autopsy report on victim Terry Lynn St. John had not been received in time for the May 21 hearing.

Keyser’s court appointed attorney Amy Van Fossen did not object to the request for continuance of the preliminary hearing. This hearing will determine if there is enough evidence to send the charges to a grand jury.

Keyser, 23, of Topping, is charged with two felonies—first degree murder of St. John and concealment of her dead body.

On February 27, 2018, Keyser allegedly killed St. John, a 23-year-old mother of two young children under the ages of 3.

Keyser knew St. John, who had been reported missing from her home on Mill Wharf Road in Wake on February 27.

Keyser was interviewed by Middlesex Sheriff’s Office detectives the day after St. John disappeared.

Keyser turned himself in to detectives the next morning, March 1, police said. He showed authorities where he had dumped St. John’s body and had attempted to cover it with leaves and debris.

Keyser made incriminating statements to investigators, according to the criminal complaint that is part of the arrest warrant.

Keyser, who has been incarcerated since his arrest on March 1, appeared in court for the brief proceedings on May 21.

In a related matter on May 21, Judge Merritt denied a request by Richmond TV Channel 3 News to set up a camera in the courtroom for Keyser’s proceedings. No one representing the TV station was in court to discuss the request. Cameras are only allowed in court with permission of the judge.

The disappearance and death of St. John gained considerable media attention with reports airing on national news shows. 

posted 05.23.2018

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