UPDATE: Woman charged in connection with 2011 murder granted bail

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The recent arrest of a woman in connection with the 2011 murder of Nick Winsor may have implications for the two men accused of killing him.

Forensic investigators from the RNC congregate at a police cruiser before unloading their gear to investigate a murder at a home on Portugal Cove Road in St. John’s. Nick Winsor, 20, was found dead inside the home on July 9, 2011. — Telegram file photo

Allyson Hatcher, 24, was charged with accessory to murder today.

She made a brief appearance this morning before Judge Pamela Goulding and was granted bail this afternoon.

Crown prosecutor David Bright and defence lawyer Peter Kearsey agreed to have her case return to court Sept. 3.

Her parents were among a small group of family members, who were in court and expressed concern with reporters being there.

"We love you," Hatcher's mother said  to her, crying, as she was being led out of the courtroom.

When Hatcher was out of the courtroom, her mother broke down in tears and said, "She did nothing wrong!"

She's the fourth person arrested on connection with the murder, which happened in July 2011 on Portugal Cove Road. Police say Winsor was shot to death.

Phillip Wayne Pynn and Lyndon Butler have been charged with second-degree murder, while Jonathan Rowe is charged with accessory to murder.

Hatcher is specifically charged with assisting Pynn, by helping him escape after the murder. She has no prior criminal record. She has been ordered to have no contact with Pynn or Butler.

Rowe's trial is set for November, while the jury trial for Pynn and Butler is scheduled to begin Sept. 9.

But depending on what information comes out in Hatcher's case, it may cause delays for Pynn and Butler's case.

"In light of the recent arrest, it is possible it may effect (the) timing of the trial," Jeff Brace, who represents Butler.

"Until Mr. Butler and I have had an opportunity to review the anticipated disclosure, no final decision can be made.

"Given that this investigation has been ongoing for three years and only at the 11th hour this arrest has been made, the possibility exists that the trial dates may be impacted.

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Earlier story:

UPDATE: Woman in court today on new charge in connection with 2011 murder

Bail hearing set for 2:30 p.m., next court date Sept. 3

The recent arrest of a woman in connection with the 2011 murder of Nick Winsor may have implications for the two men accused of killing him.

Allyson Hatcher, 24, was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with accessory to murder.

Hatcher made a brief appearance this morning before Judge Pamela Goulding. She's scheduled for a bail hearing at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon at Newfoundland Supreme Court, while Crown prosecutor David Bright and defence lawyer Peter Kearsey agreed to have her case return to court Sept. 3.

Her parents were among a small group of family members, who were in court and expressed concern with reporters being there.

"We love you," Hatcher's mother said  to her, crying, as she was being led out of the courtroom.

When Hatcher was out of the courtroom, her mother broke down in tears and said, "She did nothing wrong!"

She's the fourth person arrested on connection with the murder, which happened in July 2011 on Portugal Cove Road. Police say Winsor was shot to death.

Phillip Wayne Pynn and Lyndon Butler have been charged with second-degree murder, while Jonathan Rowe is charged with accessory to murder.

Hatcher is specifically charged with assisting Pynn, by helping him escape after the murder. She has no prior criminal record.

Rowe's trial is set for November, while the jury trial for Pynn and Butler is scheduled to begin Sept. 9.

But depending on what information comes out in Hatcher's case, it may cause delays for Pynn and Butler's case.

"In light of the recent arrest, it is possible it may effect (the) timing of the trial," Jeff Brace, who represents Butler.

"Until Mr. Butler and I have had an opportunity to review the anticipated disclosure, no final decision can be made.

"Given that this investigation has been ongoing for three years and only at the 11th hour this arrest has been made, the possibility exists that the trial dates may be impacted.

The Telegram will have more on this story as it develops.

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(Earlier story)

New arrest in Nick Winsor shooting

Woman to face accessory to murder charge

A new arrest has been made in connection to the 2011 shooting death of a man in St. John’s.

Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court in St. John’s is already scheduled to host a trial this fall for Philip Wayne Pynn and Lyndon Malcolm Butler.

The two men are jointly charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Nick Winsor. Winsor was killed on July 9, 2011 at a home on Portugal Cove Road in St. John’s.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary announced a new suspect has been arrested in connection to Winsor’s death. A 24-year-old woman will appear in St. John’s Provincial Court Wednesday to face a charge of accessory after the fact to murder. Police did not release any further details about the suspect’s identity.

A two-week trial for Jonathan Eugene Rowe is scheduled to take place in November. He is also accused of being an accessory to murder in connection to Winsor’s death.

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court

Geographic location: Portugal Cove Road

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