Homicide victim suspected in wreck

A Caymanian man who was shot to death in West Bay this past weekend had been arrested in December in connection with a deadly hit-and-run accident.

Mark Jefferson, 23, was never charged in the case nor was he ever convicted of driving the vehicle that struck 55-year-old Health Services Authority accounts manager Quindel Ames on 15 December, 2007.

Ms Ames was leaving an HSA holiday party at Boatswain’s Beach just before midnight when, police said, a car speeding up North West Point Road struck her in a crosswalk and knocked her down. She was transported to hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

The driver of the vehicle drove off immediately after the accident.

According to police, the file involving Ms Ames’ death had been sent to the Attorney Generals’ office for review, but a final ruling on charges had not been made.

The Caymanian Compass has asked police whether the accident, which led to Ms Ames’ death, had any relation to the shooting that occurred in West Bay on 11 July. RCIPS officials declined to speculate on a possible motive for the shooting.

Mr. Jefferson and another man were struck by gunfire in the street on Birch Tree Hill Road around midnight this past weekend. The 23-year-old West Bayer died at the scene, the injured man was treated at hospital and was expected to survive.

Investigators had a 19-year-old man in custody who was said to be ‘assisting officers with their inquiries’ into the shooting. No one has been charged in the attack.

Police believe shots were fired in a crowd at the location outside Kelly’s Bar and said that several people fled the location after hearing the shots. Anyone with any information about what happened is asked to call the West Bay Police Station at 949-3999. RCIPS Superintendent Marlon Bodden is leading the investigation into the killing.

Some 30 officers were assigned to the homicide case over the weekend, and West Bay patrol officers spent Sunday going door-to-door, speaking with residents and attempting to allay neighbourhood concerns.

Friday night’s homicide was the sixth so far this year in Cayman, the second to occur in West Bay district.

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