A British billionaire’s daughter-in-law was charged on May 31 in the death of a Belize police official, according to a report.
Jasmine Hartin, 38, a US national who is married to the son of politically connected businessman Lord Michael Ashcroft, was being held in the May 28 morning shooting death of San Pedro Superintendent Henry Jemmott.
Hartin and Jemmott were drinking and socializing on a pier before his body was found floating in the water with a bullet wound to the head and his service weapon nearby, police said.
The suspect had “blood on her arms and clothes” before being arrested, according to The Sun.
An unconfirmed local TV report suggested that Hartin would be charged with manslaughter after she told authorities the Glock handgun went off accidentally as she handed it to Jemmott, 42, the Daily Mail reported.
She told investigators she was giving Jemmott a massage before the freak accident, according to the news outlet, which cited local news reports.
A police officer who responded to the scene suggested that Jemmott fell on Hartin after being shot and then plunged into the water when she pushed him off, the Daily Mail reported.
Jemmott’s family has denied suggestions that he took his own life — despite claims he was experiencing marital problems.