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Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee has been named the prime suspect in the death of his neighbor by police in Belize.
McAfee, 67, is wanted for the murder of 52-year-old Florida builder Gregory Faull, who was shot to death in his home Saturday in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye. The news was first reported Monday by the technology site Gizmodo, which posted a statement from Belize police.
Fuall’s housekeeper discovered him lying face up in a pool of blood, with a gunshot wound to the back of his head, according the police statement. A shell casing was found on top of the staircase, and the victim’s laptop and iPhone were reported missing. There were no signs of forced entry, police said.
A police source told Fox News they were looking for McAfee and said one suspect was already in custody.
McAfee and Faull apparently had clashed before the killing. Last week, Faull filed an official complaint against McAfee with the mayor’s office, saying the tech mogul had fired guns.
McAfee moved to Belize in 2008 and reportedly has engaged in odd behavior in recent months, including using psychosis-inducing hallucinogen drugs and associating with Belizean gangsters.
In a profile published on Gizmodo last week, McAfee said though his wealth had made him a target in the country, he had made due by employing the criminals who had threatened him.
“Everyone who has tried to rob me, kill me, works for me now,” he said.
According to the profile, his girlfriend is a 17-year-old Belizean girl.
In April, police raided McAfee’s compound, finding lab equipment, $20,000 in cash and a weapons cache, all of which turned out to be legal. He was released after 14 hours in custody.
McAfee founded McAfee Associates in 1989 and left the group in 1992. The company fetched nearly $7.7 billion in a sale to Intel in 2010.
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