Jemark “Parch Nuts” Jackson, the 29-year-old Campden Park who was found dead in his yard on Friday night was a key witness in a pending murder trial.
Jackson — who made national headlines in 2008 when three detectives beat him into a coma, when he was just 15 years old — had gunshot wounds, police said on Monday.
Police responded, around 9 p.m. Friday, to a report that a male, later identified as Jackson, was lying unresponsive in a yard.
Detectives found that Jackson had wounds to the body, which police said on Monday are gunshot wounds.
A post-mortem examination will be conducted and police have ruled Jackson’s death as the 18th homicide in St. Vincent and the Grenadines this year.
They have not offered any theories about the death.
Jackson is a key witness in the case in which Glenville Harry, of Vermont, and Jerome Ollivierre and Ulric Hanson, of Mayreau, are to be tried for murder in connection with the 2018 death of Rodney George.
George, a 50-year-old security guard, of Victoria Village, died between 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 and 11:28 a.m. on Sept. 1, 2018 at Arnos Vale after being stabbed about the body.
The death of Jackson is not expected to affect the outcome of the murder trial when it is held, as his evidence was received during the preliminary inquiry, and all of the accused were represented at that stage and their lawyers had the opportunity to cross examine him.
Jackson first made national headlines when, in November 2008, he was left in a coma for seven days after three detectives beat him about the body while he was in police custody.
On Feb. 2, 2010, the detectives — then-Corporal Kasankie Quow and then-Constables Osrick James and Hadley Ballantyne — were each found guilty of assaulting Jackson on Nov. 18, 2008, at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Kingstown.
The court heard that Quow beat Jackson with a hose and James and Ballantyne slammed him on the floor three times.
Jackson was later taken to hospital where he remained in the Intensive Care Unit in a coma for seven days.
The court fined the officers EC$1,500 each and then Commissioner of Police, Keith Miller, accepted them back into the Police Force.
The officers appealed their conviction and sentence, but lost.
Since then, Jackson has made the national headlines in relation to a number of crimes, including aggravated burglary, theft, and handling stolen goods.