Socialite accused of killing cop to remain in jail after judge denies bail. Here's what happens next.

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Source: Belize police; LinkedIn

Jun. 3 2021, Published 10:17 a.m. ET

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A Belize judge ordered the socialite accused of killing a police officer to remain behind bars without bail, according to reports.

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Prosecutors also argued during a hearing that Jasmine Hartin is a flight risk, according to 7 News Belize. Hartin is the daughter-in-law of one of England’s wealthiest men, Lord Ashcroft. She is accused of manslaughter in connection to the death of police Superintendent Henry Jemmott last month.

Jemmott was found dead in the water around 2 a.m. near a pier, according to the Times of London.

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A security guard reported hearing a gunshot and found Hartin covered in blood and shaken. The duo was socializing on the pier past the country’s 10 p.m. curfew. The pair were friends and drinking before the shooting, police said.

Hartin initially told police the shot came from a passing boat, according to the report.

However, a new theory is that Hartin was playing with Jemmott’s service pistol when it went off, according to the Times of London.

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Police considered charging Hartin with cocaine possession, but then she started to cooperate with officers, according to 7 News Belize. It was then she said the shooting was accidental.

On May 31, Hartin was arraigned on charges of manslaughter by negligence, according to reports. The charge is significant as she does not face a murder charge, lending credence to the accidental shooting claim.

On June 2, Hartin went before a judge in the Caribbean country, where he denied bail and sent her back to prison. The judge set another hearing for next week and prosecutors and the defense will have to file additional information about bail, according to 7 News Belize.

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