The woman, in a red hoodie and handcuffs, keeps her belongings in a white plastic bag, mistaking her for a drifter. But she was actually linked to a billion-dollar dynasty.
Jasmine Hartin, a Canadian socialite and mother of two, had been baffling journalists for weeks when she spoke with “48 Hours” to talk about the night that a senior public official was shot dead in the Central American country of Belize. specifically agreed to sit down.
Her interview with “48 Hours” correspondent Peter Van Sant airs Saturday, July 30 on “Jasmine Hartin’s Shot in the Dark” on CBS and Paramount+ at 10/9 p.m.
Hartin caught the world’s attention in late May. That’s when first-time respondents found her just after midnight, lying in a pool of blood on a deserted pier near the lavish beach house she shared with her partner, Andrew Ashcroft, the son of a British billionaire. In nearby waters, officers also found Superintendent of Police Henri Zemmott, one of the most important and beloved cops in Belize.
He had a fatal gunshot wound behind his right ear – and the bullet reportedly came from his own gun.
After the shooting, there were widespread rumors about Hartyn and Jamott. Why was he alone on the ghat at that time? Were drugs or infidelity involved? Hartyn denied that the pair had a sexual relationship. But those reports fueled speculation that he had changed his story about what had happened that night.
Cherisee Halsall, a reporter and anchor for Belize Channel 7 and CBS News consultant, says Hartin first told officers that Jamott had been killed by a stranger.
“Her story is that a passing boat shot down Jemott,” Halsall told Van Sant.
“And that story is about Jasmine herself?” Van Sant asked.
“From Jasmine herself,” replied Halsall.
“I don’t remember saying that,” said Hartin. “Like, it was so hazy. Umm, you know, and I think I was in shock.”
“Were you deliberately trying to mislead the police at that time?” Van Sant pressed. “No… not at all,” Hartin insisted.
After a prison house meeting with a lawyer, Hartin reportedly admitted that he had shot himself fatally—by accident.
She said Henry Jamott was her friend and had been urging her to pick up a gun for personal protection since she was sexually assaulted about a week ago.
On the night of the shooting, Hartin said, he and Zemmott were drinking before heading to the pier, where he gave her a shoulder massage and tried to teach her how to load and unload magazines and bullets from her Glock. . 17 service pistol.
“I’m holding it like this on the top and such and I’m trying to get the magazine out,” Hartin tells Van Sant, the way she says as she holds Jemmott’s pistol. “Next thing I know, the gun’s gone.”
“And did you have a finger around the trigger?” Van asked Sant. “Not that I thought,” replied Hartin.
“Somehow you must have pulled the trigger,” Van Sant continued.
“I – I am – I don’t know. Me – I – I mean, was it an accident or the gun misfired. But consciously I pulled the trigger? No,” she said.
Officers recklessly charged Hartin with murder. Henri Jamott’s family believes that his death was something more sinister.
“My brother was shot in the back of the ear … execution style,” said his sister Cheri Jamott, who is also a police officer in Belize. “Jasmine Hartin should be charged with murder, not murder.”
“I’m not a murderer,” Hartin said. “It’s ridiculous.”
Belizean investigators have not publicly released forensics and other documents in the case against Jasmine Hartin and a trial date has not been set.