WATCH: 65-y-o Portland businessman and others booked for wife’s murder
Detectives from the Major Organised Crime Investigation Division on Tuesday charged 65-year-old Portland businessman Everton McDonald and two others for the murder of his wife Tonia Hamilton-McDonald in July.
Also charged with McDonald are 30-year-old Astor 'Tiny' Barnes of Epsom district in Annotto Bay, St Mary and 56-year-old Denvalyn 'Bubble' Minott, a fisherman of Ranch Hill in Portland.
The men are jointly charged with murder and conspiracy to murder.
Thirty-two-year-old Hamilton-McDonald, otherwise called ‘Sassy’, a businesswoman of Dolphin Cove, in Dolphin Bay, was found dead with her throat slashed on Monday, July 20. Her body was just outside a Toyota Axio motorcar that was engulfed in flames on the Tailington main road in Sherwood Forrest, Portland.
The police said they have information that suggests that McDonald paid over $3 million to have his wife killed.
The police said that based on ongoing investigations, McDonald, who is also known as 'Beachie Stout' or 'Mr Mack', is suspected in the 2009 death of his first wife Merlene.
Fitz Bailey, the deputy commissioner in charge of crime, said investigations have been reopened in that matter.
The police said two of McDonald’s first wife’s family members were also reportedly killed a few years ago.