The two men accused of fatally stabbing a Berks County man in the Bahamas are expected to post bail on Thursday and be free to leave the Bahamas.
Tyler Valles, 19, of Key Largo, Fla., and Robert Schwarz, 62, of Gaylordsville, Conn., are facing manslaughter charges in the Bahamas after police said they fatally stabbed Carl Yerger, 45, of Ruscombmanor Township.
Police told us Yerger was staying at the Bimini Big Game Club Resort and Marina on business. That is where he was found dead Friday morning.
But the suspects claim that Yerger appeared intoxicated and trespassed onto their boat twice that night. Defense attorney Wayne Munroe said after throwing Yerger off the boat the second time, Valles grabbed a filet knife sitting on the dock.
He said as the men were leaving, and Valles was going to get security, Yerger allegedly initiated the attack.
"The deceased turned and attacked him. He put up his hand to defend himself. He at that point would have had the filet knife in his hand. He is unaware if and when the deceased may have been stabbed with the knife," said Munroe.
According to Munroe, Schwarz intervened and there was a short struggle. He said Yerger then walked off toward the resort and was later found dead by the resort staff. The entire incident was reportedly captured on closed-circuit TV.
Now days after the attack, Munroe said his clients regret what happened. "They play the thing over in their minds wondering why was this person coming onto that particular vessel? Is there anything that may have been done differently."
69 News has tried to contact police in the Bahamas to comment on the suspects' claims. We have yet to hear back.
Yerger served as the president of the Oley Valley Youth League. His funeral will be held next Wed., March 26, at Frieden's United Church of Christ in Oley Township.
Both suspects are expected to be released on bail Thursday morning. They are free to leave the Bahamas and return for their next court appearance on May 19.