SAN PEDRO, Belize – Software company founder John McAfee said Wednesday he is in hiding, unarmed and accompanied only by a young woman, changing locations and telephones frequently to stay one step ahead of a Belize police unit he says wants to kill him.
Belize police have said they want to question McAfee, whom they describe as a “person of interest” in the slaying of fellow American Gregory Viant Faull. Faull, 52, was shot to death over the weekend on the Caribbean island where both men lived.
McAfee, 67, who had a run-in with police earlier this year, told the Associated Press in a telephone interview from an undisclosed location that he didn’t kill Faull, though he acknowledged he had differences with the man.
“I barely knew him; I barely spoke 10 words to him in the last three years,” McAfee said, speaking on a cellphone. “Certainly he was not my favorite person, and I was not his.”
The dispute apparently involved several dogs that McAfee kept at his beachside villa and which drew complaints from neighbors.
Faull was found with a gunshot wound to his head inside his two-story home north of San Pedro. The housekeeper discovered the body Sunday morning and called police.