Software pioneer John McAfee said on Wednesday last week that he will willingly testify regarding the murder of his American neighbour in Belize in 2012, as he is seeking to defend himself from a wrongful death charge which blames him for the killing.
68 year old McAfee, was named by Belize police as a person of interest in the November 11, 2012 shooting of Gregory Faull. McAfee fled the Central American country before he could be questioned by the authorities. He denies any involvement in the death of Faull, an Orlando contractor. McAfee had told Reuters in a telephone interview, that he would not fight a subpoena for deposition in the lawsuit. “Of course not, because the deposition will be here in America. I’ve told the police in Belize that I will sit for questioning in any neutral country in the world … I just will not go to Belize,” McAfee said.
The lawsuit, which was filed by Faull’s estate in U.S. District Court in Orlando, accuses McAfee of shooting Faull in the head or having him shot. The lawsuit also names two of McAfee’s former girlfriends, Samantha Vanegas and Amy Herbert, describing them as McAfee’s possible instruments in the killing. Faull’s estate is seeking a jury trial and damages in excess of $75,000 on behalf of Faull’s 26-year-old daughter.
West Palm Beach lawyer Gary Roberts wrote on behalf of the family, a recent statement to news agency Reuters; “While continuing to grieve, the Faull family intends to pursue all possible avenues to ensure the individual or individuals responsible for the death of Gregory Faull are brought to justice. They are confident that with the tools available in civil discovery cases in the U.S. federal courts and with the information obtained in the criminal investigation in Belize, the true facts will come to light as to how and by whom Gregory Faull met his end,”
McAfee, now lives in Portland, Oregon has said he will file a counter-claim against Faull’s estate for defamation of character and personal injury. The deceased was found dead in his home on Ambergrise Caye. Residents of the island, where McAfee had lived for approximately four years, said McAfee and Faull, 52, had quarrelled at times, including rows over McAfee’s dogs. McAfee, who had previous encounters with Belize authorities and claimed to be in fear of them, sneaked illegally into Guatemala and went into hiding after the death of Gregory Faull. The tech pioneer, who made his money from his Anti-virus software, was arrested on immigration charges after being found by the authorities in Guatemala. McAfee through his lawyers blocked his deportation to Belize by appealing and he eventually returned to the US.
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