Police are on the verge of making a significant breakthrough in the 2012 Emilio Nelson murder case in Non-Pariel in St. Patrick.
A high-level source told THE NEW TODAY that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) has apprehended a number of suspects in the case that involves murder and arson.
He said that the police have received fresh evidence that linked the suspects now in custody to their investigation into the death of Nelson.
The 2012 incident involved the killing of the elderly man and dumping the body in a vehicle that was then set on fire.
According to the source, the suspects went into the house to look for money and when they did not get any turned on Nelson and killed him.
The house was also sent on fire in an apparent attempt to destroy evidence including a camera which they feared might have caught them committing the act.
“I feel so happy for them (the police officers who cracked the case). The persons are right now in custody,” remarked a senior policeman familiar with the case.
The source said that the suspects who the police are hoping to charge with murder in a matter of days are the same set of persons who were initially arrested in 2012 for questioning in connection with the killing but were released.
About two weeks after the murder, some of the persons of interest to the police were committed to the Richmond Hill prison on conviction for other unrelated incidents.
The source told this newspaper that back in 2012, the police investigators had discovered a vital piece of evidence in the vehicle that was put on fire and which they confidently felt at the time could possible link one of the suspects to the murder.
THE NEW TODAY was informed that the CID officers are close to wrapping up their investigations to take the file to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for instructions on possible murder and arson charges.
This was one of the cases given to a newly formed unit by Acting Commissioner of Police, Edvin Martin who gave instructions in the past month for several unresolved murder files to be re-opened for continued investigation.
The first person who was caught in the net is St. Paul’s resident, Ricardo Edgar who was charged last month for the 2018 murder of Shaniel Blackman of Belmont, St. George.
The 33 year old Maintenance worker, known by the alias “Spanish”, was charged with murder in what some police described as an execution-style killing allegedly linked to the illegal drug trade.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Kenneth Gill, the head of CID is the man put in charge of the newly formed unit to try and crack those old unresolved murder cases.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the year of the Emilio Nelson murder in Non-Pariel, St. Patrick. The Emilio Nelson murder occurred in 2012.