Police looking for passersby in central George Town slaying

More than a week after a 20-year-old man was killed with one gunshot to the head in central George Town, police are looking for dozens of people who were in or around the Shedden Road-Martin Drive area late on Wednesday, July 1. 

Jason Charles Powery from West Bay was shot in front of a house on Martin Drive at about 11 p.m. and made his way to the Globe Bar, about a block away, according to police. He was still alive when officers arrived at the scene but was later pronounced dead at the Cayman Islands Hospital. 

Detectives with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service this week said they have identified 31 people on CCTV footage who may have seen something suspicious that night on Shedden Road and in the surrounding area. The footage came from both private and government security cameras. 

Police spokeswoman Jacqueline Carpenter said the 31 people may not have witnessed the shooting, but detectives hope to speak with anyone who may have been walking or driving through the area the night of the killing. 

Neighbors, who declined to give their names, described the one-story home as a “party house” and said there had been problems with violence there before. 

Mr. Powery’s cousin, David Ebanks, 20, was killed in a shooting earlier this year. Mr. Ebanks, also from West Bay, was shot and killed on Jan. 23. Police made an arrest in connection with his killing on Feb. 6. Earlier this year, Mr. Ebanks’s father connected his son’s death to an ongoing gang feud. Rudy Ebanks said his son had family connections to the Birch Tree Hill gang, but he said he didn’t believe his son was the intended target. 

Police want to talk to an estimated 30 people who were around the Martin Drive-Shedden Road area on the night of July 1, when Jason Powery, 20, was shot and killed.

Police want to talk to an estimated 30 people who were around the Martin Drive-Shedden Road area on the night of July 1, when Jason Powery, 20, was shot and killed. – PHOTO: CHARLES DUNCAN
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