Two arrested in Powery slaying

Royal Cayman Islands Police officers arrested two men Friday, ages 23 and 28, on suspicion of murdering Jason Powery. 

The suspects, who had not been charged, were arrested at George Town Police Station around 6 p.m. Friday.

Mr. Powery, 20, was killed by a single gunshot to the head in the Scranton area of central George Town on July 1.

Mr. Powery, who lives in 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 said earlier in the week that 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.

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.