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John McAfee has been ordered to cough up $25m for the wrongful death of Gregory Faull, his former neighbor in Belize, but refuses to pay and claims he has no assets.
The decision [PDF] by a US federal district judge in Florida was entered by default after former antivirus baron McAfee refused to respond to the lawsuit, brought by Faull's daughter. It follows an appeals court ruling last year that decided the allegations against McAfee were plausible.
Accusations - McAfee - Belize - Man - Faull
Those accusations are extraordinary: that McAfee paid a Belize man $5,000 to torture and kill Faull after his neighbor poisoned McAfee's dogs.
Faull was found alone in his house with a single gunshot wound to the back of his head. An autopsy revealed his body and genitals were repeatedly tasered. The lawsuit alleges that in the early hours of November 11, 2012, a "female associate of McAfee's" turned up at Faull's door to act as a distraction so the hitman – named as Eddie McKoy – was able to "subdue, torture and murder Faull."
Days - Repeat - Attempts - McAfee - Dozen
Two days earlier, after repeat failed attempts to get McAfee's dozen dogs put under control – they had been repeatedly attacking and biting people on the public beach at the bottom of McAfee's property – Faull told a neighbor that he had decided to "take matters into his own hands" and poison the dogs.
When McAfee found the four poisoned dogs, the lawsuit claims, he shot them dead and began "parading up and down the beach screaming" according to one neighbor's testimony. One day later, Faull was found dead.
McAfee - Behavior - Police - Suspect - Murder
McAfee's subsequent behavior made him the police's prime suspect in the murder. While islanders flocked to Faull's house, and were shocked at the slaying on the remote island, one neighbor testified that he saw McAfee sat on his porch watching events and "looking relaxed."
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