John McAfee, cryptocurrency enthusiast, presidential aspirant, and millionaire founder of the near-ubiquitous McAfee Antivirus, has been found legally liable for the death of his former neighbor, Gregory Faull, who was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head back in 2012, the Register reports.
The final verdict was reached in a US district court in Florida, and it brought an end to a five-year legal battle between McAfee and Faull’s estate.
US District Judge Gregory Presnell ruled, “The Court will enter default judgment as to liability in favor of Plaintiff and against Defendant for the wrongful death of Gregory V. Faull.”
The judge had previously closed the case until it was opened again due to a ruling by the US Appeals Court.
At the time of Faull’s death, it was reported that his housekeeper found him inside his living room with a gunshot wound at the back of his head. Faull was 52 years old when he died. The police wanted to question McAfee as a potential witness, but they were told that he had traveled abroad. McAfee’s absence stalled the investigation, but Faull’s relatives went on to serve him with a civil lawsuit.
While McAfee lived in Belize, it was recorded that he had quite a colorful experience, with his home being raided by the police over claims that he possessed unregistered firearms and also ran an illegal drug operation. The businessman even reportedly took an interest in bath salts.
McAfee also didn’t seem to get along with Faull. According to reports, Faull filed complaints against “The Mac” over his poor management of his dogs, his “roguish behavior,” and his habit of incessantly firing guns.
The eccentric millionaire, who made his fortune mostly due to the sale of his software company back in 1994, had announced his intention to run for President of the United States in 2020, a move he hopes to use to promote the adoption of cryptocurrencies. This is not the first time McAfee had run for president. He lost his bid to become the Libertarian Party candidate in 2016, after being edged out by former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson.