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Omar Collymore charged with murder of wife, taxi operator

Published:Saturday | February 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Businessman Omar 'Best' Collymore has been charged with two counts of murder in connection with the death of his wife and a taxi operator.

According to law enforcement officials, Collymore was charged on Saturday after a lengthy question and answer session.

He is expected to make his first court appearance next week.

Collymore, who is a United States citizen, was arrested at a guest house in Junction, St Elizabeth on Wednesday night, days after the police announced that he was a wanted man.

Investigators believe he was planning to leave the island by boat.

His wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore and taxi operator Winston Walters were shot dead about 4 p.m. on January 2 along Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew.

It's reported that the two had just arrived at an apartment building where Collymore lived when four men travelling on two motorbikes rode up.

The two pillion passengers got off the bikes and opened fire on the taxi multiple times.

Campbell-Collymore, who was reportedly shot 21 times, and Walters both died on the spot.

A day before her funeral, Omar Collymore was stopped at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston as he was attempting to leave the island.

He was later questioned by investigators and released after reportedly declining to answer hundreds of questions.

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