Foul play not ruled out in businessman’s death

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The homicide squad is not ruling out foul play as it probes the shooting death of businessman Steve Schillinger; although preliminary investigations point to suicide, well-placed sources said.

Police spokesman Corporal Frankie Thomas said 60-year-old Schillinger was found dead in his Darkwood Beach condominium Friday evening with a single shot to the head.

Reports indicate a weapon, a .380 pistol, was found near the body.

Neighbours had reportedly gone to invite him to a function around 5 pm Friday, when they found the door to his apartment ajar. Upon further enquiries, they found his body and immediately contacted police.

Schillinger was an American online gaming operator who chose to remain here on self-imposed exile from the US, rather than return there to be prosecuted for allegedly violating the federal Wire Act through the company he co-owned in Antigua, World Sports Exchange.

The US attorneys’ office had indicted him and his business partners, Jay Cohen and Hayden Ware more than a decade ago.

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