The promoter Joseph "Country" Kernizan who has been on the run from police since becoming the prime suspect in the shooting death of veteran Dancehall artiste Wayne "Captain Barkey" Hamilton and his ex-girlfriend Tracy Bennett, shot himself early Wednesday October 18th, 2012 in Miami, Florida. The Police in hot pursuit, encountered him in Northwest, Miami-Dade county. Fernizan was believed to have been trying to make his escape to Haiti where he is from.
Tracy Bennett & Captain Barkey
Kernizan lived in Long Island, New York and had two children with Bennett. He was said to have had a questionable past, having 16 prior arrest including robbery, assault, forgery, criminal possession of a weapon and fraud. Tracy Bennett who was said to have been involved with Wayne "Captain Barkey" Hamilton for more than two years was said to have had a restraining order against Kernizan. The Jamaican media is reporting that Captain Barkey's body will be flown to the island in a few weeks for burial.