$50,000 reward offered in unsolved 2010 murder case

Courtney Spence was shot dead in January 2010. Following some new developments, police are appealing for people with information about the case to come forward. - Photo: RCIPS

Nearly nine years after Courtney Spence was shot and killed in the parking lot of the George Town warehouse where he worked, a $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to a conviction in the unsolved crime.

Police have reopened the case after “new information,” which they declined to specify at this time, came to light. Cayman Crime Stoppers has partnered with the police and is offering the cash reward in an effort to help bring the gunman to justice.

Jamaican national Mr. Spence, who was 32, had just completed a shift at Progressive Distributors when he was shot around 11 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010. A security guard heard the shots and found his body lying in the parking lot shortly afterward.

At the time, police said the killing bore the hallmarks of a deliberate, premeditated attack on Mr. Spence. Friends and colleagues described the victim as a hard-working man who did not appear to have any enemies.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Kurt Walton said in a statement that he was hopeful the crime could still be solved.

“We are optimistic about this case at this time, given certain developments. We know that there are people out there who know what happened and could have information that help us bring those responsible to justice, and we are asking those people to come forward now,” he said.

“This was a violent and heinous crime, and whenever we as a community have a chance to bring to justice those that commit such acts, and closure to the families of victims, we must do so. If you have any information, please tell us directly or through Crime Stoppers.”

A police spokeswoman said detectives were reviewing case files on some unsolved serious crimes.

She said, “Over the passage of time, circumstances change and that can help make a case more solvable. There are detectives assigned to this right now. They are going through some of the older cases and looking at them to see if some new information comes to the surface.”

Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers online at www.crimestoppers.ky/home/ or through the Miami-based call center at 800-8477(TIPS). Only tips submitted through Crime Stoppers are eligible for the reward.

To speak with officers directly about this case, call 649-3008 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the week. Tips can also be submitted confidentially through the police website at www.rcips.ky/submit-a-tip.