Florida detectives assisting in case involving Omar Collymore

Confirmation has come that detectives in Florida are working with Jamaican authorities as they try to crack a cold case involving Omar Best Collymore who has been charged in connection with last month's murder of  his wife Simone Campbell-Collymore.

Mrs Campbell Collymore and taxi driver Winston Walters were killed on January 2 when gunmen fired on the car in which they were travelling in Red Hills, St. Andrew.

Florida investigators have again turned the spotlight on Mr. Collymore following a shooting in Florida nearly a decade ago.

A report in Saturday's edition of  the SunSentinel newspaper said a decade ago, Omar Best Collymore's girlfriend Angela Aguiar was shot dead on a Fort Lauderdale street.

It said her killer was never charged, but police always considered Mr. Collymore someone of interest.

In the wake of last month's deadly attack on his wife the SunSentinel says Fort Lauderdale detectives are working with Jamaican authorities in the hopes of solving their own cold case.

Fort Lauderdale Detective Tracy Figone said in a statement that the two slayings have several similarities.

The newspaper says according to Broward court records and relatives, in addition to being romantically linked to Mr. Collymore, both women had life insurance policies that listed him as a beneficiary,

It added that for years, Mr. Collymore who is 35 years old, has been a person of interest in the slaying of Angela Aguiar on June 30, 2008 but Fort Lauderdale investigators did not have enough evidence to make an arrest.

Miss Aguiar, who was 38 years old, was killed about 3:30 a.m. while the couple was travelling to a downtown bar to meet friends.

As they got out of their truck an assailant approached them and shot Miss Aguiar in the head and chest.

Mr. Collymore, who told police he saw the gun and darted away to take cover, was not hurt.

Court records show Miss Aguiar, a real estate agent, had bought a one million US dollar life insurance policy about a month before she was killed.

Meanwhile, SunSentinel says court records in a civil case disputing how Miss Aguiar's life insurance proceeds would be disbursed show her insurer made inquiries with police about her homicide.

In email exchanges between a Fort Lauderdale detective and an insurance claims analyst in June and September 2010, the detective said Mr. Collymore was still implicated in the case.

Ultimately, the civil case was resolved and Mr. Collymore was awarded US$400,000.

Miss Aguiar's son received the rest of  the life insurance money.

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