Jasmine Hartin can’t remember how the gun that killed the cop was fired
The socialite, who is accused of killing a top cop in Belize, said in a new interview that the gun she was holding “just went off” and she doesn’t remember “touched” the trigger to have.
Jasmine Hartin, 33, shared the report of the May 2021 shooting of Superintendent Henry Jemmott in a conversation with Piers Morgan, set to air in full on Monday.
“I don’t remember ever touching that trigger on the gun so I don’t know what happened to be honest,” Hartin, whose ex-husband is billionaire Lord Michael Ashcroft’s son, said in one Excerpt from the interview published by the sun.
“I tried to get the clip out and it just went off – I don’t remember ever touching the trigger. So I’m not sure if it was a faulty weapon or not. I really can’t tell you how it went,” she said
Hartin was charged with involuntary manslaughter.
She suggested the gun may have been “rusty” and that it is being set up.
“I’m definitely not a killer. And I’m set up. I am. I’m really. It’s such a small country, everyone’s afraid of Ashcroft. They own the bank, they own the newspapers, they own the economy of this country.”
She and her ex-husband Andrew Ashcroft are in the middle of a bitter custody battle over their five-year-old twins.
On the night of the shooting, Hartin said she and Jemmott decided to sit down on a dock with drinks, but before they left he wanted to get his gun.
“And I thought that was weird,” said the Canadian native.
“He said he takes it with him anytime, anywhere. So he went and got it.”
Hartin told Morgan the chief of law enforcement suggested she get her gun license and allowed her to handle his gun for a second time within days to practice loading and unloading the gun.
When the gun was in her hand, she said, “I thought it was empty.”
Hartin denied rumors that she and Jemmott were romantically involved, calling him a friend she introduced to her from Andrew Ashcroft. She said Ashcroft should have joined them on deck before deciding to stay at the last minute.
At one point, she said Jemmott asked her to rub his shoulder that night, but she denied it was a sexual thing because he used to go fishing.
She also dismissed speculation that she is a party girl who uses cocaine heavily.
“I’ve asked myself about that often. All I can think of is who would benefit from rumors like this?” she said, according to the Sun excerpt.
“Of course it would be beneficial in the custody case, it would be beneficial in many ways if I was perceived as this wild cocaine addicted party girl. It’s just not true.”
When Morgan brought up her ability to use a gun and cited her blowing up a watermelon with a taped shotgun, Hartin insisted that she was no expert and had never owned a gun.
“And what this video doesn’t show you is the 10 times I tried to hit that watermelon and missed and that video was shot by my ex,” she told Morgan.
She confessed to authorities last year that she was practicing loading a gun when she went off and killed Jemmott.
Hartin told Morgan that according to the excerpt, Jemmott was a foot or two away when the gun went off, and then when he fell on her she could “see blood and feel blood.”
She said she heard many stories about how the fatal night went.
“I heard I executed him, that it was an attempted rape and that I defended myself. I heard I lured him there and that it was Andrew who shot him.
“The truth of the matter is none of that. he was my friend He didn’t approach me. I looked upon Henry as a protector.”