60 Moments: Fletchers Tried for Murder in St. Vincent

The saga of Jim and Penny Fletcher reads like the script from a Hollywood movie.

In 1996 while on a sailing trip around the word, the Huntington couple ended up in an 1800s Caribbean prison on the island of St. Vincent facing the possibility of death by hanging.

The Fletchers were charged with the murder of water taxi driver Jerome Joseph.

It was a case that eventually reached all the way to the White House and President Bill Clinton.

WSAZ even sent reporter Kathy Brown and photographer Earl Ward to the tiny island to cover the Fletcher’s ordeal.

Finally after 283 days in jail and a nine day trial, the charges against the Fletchers were dropped when the judge ruled there was not enough evidence to continue the case.

Hours later, the Fletchers were back on American soil.

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