Two arrested in Jamaica in connection with the killing of Amherst’s Nancy Hardy 


  • A home at 415 Meadow St. in Amherst owned by Nancy Hardy. STAFF PHOTO/SCOTT MERZBACH

Staff Writer
Published: 3/27/2019 5:01:41 PM

AMHERST — Two men who investigators believe are responsible for the killing of Amherst resident Nancy Hardy in Jamaica last November have been arrested, according to news media reports from the Caribbean island.

The Gleaner of Jamaica this week reported that Kemar “Rasta” Grant, 33, of Orange Bay in the parish of Hanover, and Cedric “Smurf” Johnson, 32, of Alexandria, in the parish of St. Ann, were arrested March 12 in Alexandria for their roles in Hardy’s death.

Grant was arrested on a charge of murder, while Johnson was arrested on a charge of accessory to murder. Both were in the Hanover Parish Court this week and will return April 26, with Grant to be detained until that day and Johnson free on bail, though he is required to report to the police station in Alexandria three days a week, according to published news reports.

The arrests were made after investigators received information that Johnson was seen in possession of a gray 2004 Honda CR-V, which was owned by Hardy, the Gleaner reported. Attempts Jamaican authorities and U.S. Embassy officials in Kingston, Jamaica were unsuccessful Wednesday.

Hardy spent more than 20 years wintering on the Caribbean island, running the Natural Living Jamaica Guesthouse in Negril, a beach resort town on Jamaica’s western tip in the Westmoreland parish.

She was reported missing Nov. 24 from her residence, and her body was located in Green Island, a town a short distance from that community, three days later. Grant was immediately named a suspect, but was not taken into custody until this month.

Chandra Hardy, Nancy Hardy’s daughter who recently returned to Amherst after living in Gainesville, Florida, said Wednesday that she is paying attention to the news from Jamaica and will be observing how the criminal justice system works in Jamaica.

“I’m about to find out how just or unjust the Jamaican system is,” Hardy said.

Chandra Hardy said she is also going through her mother’s belongings at her farmhouse on Meadow Street, learning more about her mother, from whom she had been estranged for the past five years.

One of the people she has been in touch with is her mother’s husband in Jamaica, who Chandra Hardy said is relieved that suspects have been identified and are being brought to justice.

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