Allyson Hatcher’s arrest could delay trials of two suspects in death of Nick Winsor
Three years after Nick Winsor was shot to death, a young woman has been arrested for reportedly helping one of the men suspected of murdering him escape.
Allyson Hatcher is escorted out of the courtroom in Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s Wednesday afternoon after she was granted bail. The 24-year-old is charged with being an accessory to Nick Winsor’s 2011 murder. — Photo by Rosie Mullaley/The Telegram
Allyson Hatcher was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon and charged with accessory to murder by helping Phillip Wayne Pynn escape after the murder.
Hatcher, 24, made a brief appearance in provincial court in St. John’s Wednesday morning before Judge Pamela Goulding.
Crown prosecutor David Bright and defence lawyer Peter Kearsey agreed to have her case return to court Sept. 3, but not before she was back in court in the afternoon to deal with the issue of bail.
Hatcher — who has no criminal record — was represented by duty counsel Scott Hurley in Newfoundland Supreme Court, where she was granted bail without a hearing.
Justice Donald Burrage read out the list of conditions of her release, including that she have no contact with anyone who has a criminal record and have no contact with a list of people.
That list included Pynn and Lyndon Malcolm Butler.
Pynn and Butler are charged with second-degree murder in connection with Winsor’s death, which happened July 9, 2011, on Portugal Cove Road.
They are also charged with attempted murder, attempted robbery, possessing a handgun, assault with a weapon and possessing a weapon while prohibited. Pynn also faces counts of pointing a firearm, breaching probation and breaching the conditions of two undertakings.
The jury trial for Pynn — who is still in custody — and Butler — who was released following a bail review in 2012 — is scheduled to begin Sept. 9.
However, depending on what evidence comes out in Hatcher’s case, there’s a possibility it could cause delays for Pynn’s and Butler’s case.
“In light of the recent arrest, it is possible it may affect (the) timing of the trial,” said defence lawyer 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.”
Hatcher is the fourth person arrested in connection with Winsor’s murder.
Jonathan Eugene Rowe also faces a charge of accessory to murder. His trial is set for November.
Emotions ran high during Hatcher’s court appearances.
Her parents were among a small group of family members who were in court and expressed concern about reporters being there.
“We love you,” Hatcher’s mother said to her, crying, as her daughter was being led out of provincial court in the morning.
When Hatcher was out of the courtroom, her mother broke down in tears and said, “She did nothing wrong!”
Her mother was again in tears during the second appearance.