Eight in custody in murder probe
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Oct 28, 2013
Police said last night they were questioning eight “people of interest” in connection with the murder of businessman Kurt McCartney, but no one in custody was considered a prime suspect.
The group included six women and two men, according to Superintendent Stephen Dean.
The victim, who is the brother of Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Branville McCartney, was shot in Gambier Village on Thursday night.
Police said last night they were concerned that “someone with valuable information is holding out”.
The Nassau Guardian understands the McCartneys were considering calling a press conference today to discuss matters related to the murder.
Police said the group in custody was “providing the police with information”.
“We are talking to them,” Assistant Superintendent Bernard K. Bonamy Jr. said yesterday.
“But we have not charged anyone.”
While no official arrests had been made, Dean said police were getting closer.
“Our detectives are on the ground picking up people,” he said. “We have a number of names to follow behind and as we find those people, we bring them in.
“Based on the lines of inquiries that we are following, we will bring this matter to successful closure.”
However, Dean said it is still important for members of the public who may have information to contact authorities.
“We believe that there are members of the public who have vital information, pieces of the puzzle, to cause us to bring this matter to closure,” he said.
“We are asking you to bring the information forward.”
Police reminded members of the public that they can come forward anonymously with information.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 911, 919, Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson said on Friday it appeared as though McCartney’s body was dragged a short distance by a vehicle.
Police said they received a call around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday of gunshots in the Gambier Village area. When officers arrived, they found McCartney face down with multiple gun shot wounds to the upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.