Omar Collymore charged with murder of his wife Simone and taxi driver

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omar-best-collymore-simore-kids.jpgOmar 'Best' Collymore, who was questioned by the police on two separate occasions and released, has now been charged with two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of his wife and a taxi operator.

The police say that Collymore was charged on Saturday after a long question-and-answer session. It is not clear if his lawyer was present.

Collymore, who is a United States citizen, but originally from Barbados, is expected to make his first court appearance later this week.

The police had issued a call for Collymore to turn himself in, but this was not done and according to one of his representatives, Collymore was recuperating from gunshot wounds he had received three weeks ago. However, Omar Collymore was arrested at a guest house in Junction, St Elizabeth last Wednesday night, days after the police announced that he was a wanted man. He was found with bundles of cash.

Investigators believe that Omar Collymore was planning to leave the island by boat.

Omar Collymore's 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.

Police reports are that Simone and the cab driver 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. Simone Campbell-Collymore, who was reportedly shot 21 times; both she and Walters died on the spot.

The police had also revealed that two people were already in custody in connection with the double murder and that other suspects were being sought for questioning.

"We are guided by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and now we are ready to charge Mr Collymore for two counts of murder, and this is so due to the extent of the investigation that was carried out and the level of evidence that has been gathered so far," the superintendent of police explained.