Slain man was murder trial witness

A man who was killed late Thursday at his home in Prospect had served as a witness in a Grand Cayman murder trial last year.  

According to court records, Earl Hart testified in the murder trial of Chakane “C.J.” Scott after Scott was accused in the shooting death of Asher McGaw in East End in September 2011. Scott was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2012.  

Royal Cayman Islands Police officers investigating last week’s killing of Mr. Hart inside the apartment where he stayed did not state any potential motive for the incident.  

Mr. Hart’s death was the second homicide in the Cayman Islands this year, occurring just a couple of weeks after Irvin Bush, 52, was gunned down outside his West Bay home.  

According to police, around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, multiple shots were fired into an apartment on Marina Drive where Mr. Hart stayed.  

Mr. Hart was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced dead early Friday morning.  

RCIPS officers said initially they were searching for a white motor car in relation to the shooting. By press time Sunday, they did not state how many individuals may have been involved in the shooting or if any arrests had been made. 

Leighton Rankine, who said he rented the small apartment on Marina Drive next door to Mr. Hart’s girlfriend about two months ago, was startled by gunfire as he dozed off Thursday night. Mr. Rankine said he heard three shots, but indicated other people in the area reported hearing more. 

Mr. Hart’s girlfriend was in the apartment at the time of the shooting, but she was not injured. It was believed that the couple’s young child was also in the apartment at the time the shots were fired.  

A massive police presence remained in the area of Marina Drive overnight Thursday, and the street was blocked at its intersection with Shamrock Road. On Friday, police officers went door-to-door speaking to neighbors, seeking to reassure them.  

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