Computer software developer John McAfee is being charged with murder according to local reports in Belize. McAfee, who created the anti-virus program that bears his name, is accused of murdering another American ex-patriot by the name of Gregory Faull. According to local law enforcement agents, Faull was found in a pool of his own blood last Saturday at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye off the coast of Belize. Faull, who had worked as a builder from Florida died of a gunshot wound to the head. A computer and a phone were said to have been missing from his home. According to reports, Faull had recently filed a complaint with the local mayor’s office about McAfee claiming the ex-software mogul was exhibiting “roguish” behavior and shooting off guns. The two men reportedly got into a heated argument Saturday before the violence started. Police investigating the case, however, have not released statement as to what they believe the official motive for the crime was. McAfee is said to have fled the scene of the crime and is still being sought by local police on suspicion of murder.
McAfee issued a statement to Wired magazine saying that he fears for his life and has gone into hiding rather than turn himself in to police. The 67-year-old claims local police poisoned his four dogs and had some sort of vendetta against him, though for what, exactly, he did not say. Local police were said to have raided McAfee’s home last April looking for firearms and illegal drugs. By McAfee’s account officers did, indeed, find guns in his home, which he claims were legal. McAfee says he was detained for several hours then released with no criminal charges being filed against him. In spite of the rough treatment McAfee felt he had been subjected to by local police, he still donated weapons and other equipment to local police and even attended a public ceremony with the mayor and police officials just before Faull’s murder.
McAfee has been living in Belize for several years after selling his stake in his software development company in the 1990s for as much as $100 million. The company was sold to Intel in 2010 for $7 billion. There has been speculation in recent years that he had, perhaps, been using illegal drugs. Statements from neighbors claim McAfee was “standoffish” and had been drifting further and further away from friends and family members of late. McAfee told the New York Times in 2009 that he had lost most of his fortune in the financial crisis that afflicted so many others in 2007 and 2008.
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A Florida woman has been arrested on suspicion of armed robbery following a bizarre incident that involved a car crash last week. According to reports, Amanda Jean Linscott, who is 26 years old, met the victim at a bar in Port Charlotte, Florida from which she and an unidentified female friend left with three men after the bar closed. The group headed to a private residence where the victim of the alleged armed robbery and Linscott’s friend went into a bedroom to have sex. Linscott’s friend is said to have asked the victim for $250, which he claimed he didn’t have. The victim instead gave her $120 in cash and, when he went to the restroom, Linscott and her friend left the residence together. Several hours later, the male victim called Linscott’s friend’s cell phone and the two agreed to meet at a local convenience store. Upon arriving, however, the victim was greeted by Linscott alone, who told the victim her friend had left her. Linscott got into the victim’s vehicle in the early morning hours of September 3rd and began touching him and even having sex with him while the car was in motion. According to the victim, Linscott at some point demanded money. When he told her that he had already given her friend $120, Linscott is said to have pulled out a .357 Taurus revolver and put it to his head. A struggle ensued, during which the victim is said to have punched Linscott in the face, leaving her with a black eye. The victim lost control of his car, careening into a palm tree and driving through the front yards of two homes before finally coming to a stop. Linscott fled the scene on foot, while the victim managed to drive his wrecked car to a friend’s home, where he promptly called police.
Local law enforcement agents arrived on the scene and swept the immediate area gathering statements and evidence. An elderly man in his driveway told police that his daughter had been in a car accident and had been punched in the face. After examining the car, including the gun Linscott had left behind, and other evidence Linscott was arrested one week later. She was booked into a Charlotte County Jail on charges of armed robbery and is currently being held without bond. No date has been announced as to when Linscott is expected to face charges in court.
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A recent court decision may have future impact on the criminal possession of firearms in California.
On June 26, The Supreme Court of the United States of America may have permanently altered gun laws throughout the United States, California and Los Angeles with its judgment on the matter of District of Columbia v. Heller. Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the majority opinion in the case (reviewing Second Amendment rights), which supported a citizen
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