TODAY   |  November 17, 2012

Software mogul suspected in shooting death eludes cops

John McAfee, creator of an anti-virus software and resident of Belize, is hiding from authorities who want to charge him for the shooting death of his neighbor. McAfee, who has a reputation for being bizarre, said, “I think that eccentricity in some people makes for a more interesting world but eccentricity does not make a murderer.” NBC’s Michelle Franzen reports.

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>>> you may not have realized you knew his name, but chances are you've had john mcafee 's security software on your computer. the tech millionaire is now a fugitive involved in a bizarre crime mystery. michelle franzen has the story.

>> reporter: it has all the intrigue of a hollywood movie , a murder mystery set in an exotic location. but this is real life for john mcafee , creator of an anti-virus software program who moved to belize three years ago with his fortune. but now the 67-year-old is in hiding. in a phone interview , mcafee tells nbc news belize authoritiers want to charge him for the shooting death of his 52-year-old neighbor. are you responsible at all for the shooting death?

>> of course i'm not responsible. and it's regrettable. i barely nugentleman.

>> reporter: fall was found with a single gunshot wound to his head. he and others complained about mcafee 's dog in the past, dogs that had recently been poisoned, but mcafee does not believe fall was involved.

>> we did not get along. he did not like my dogs. but he owns dogs. he would never have poisoned my dogs.

>> reporter: belize authorities call mcafee a person of interest, but say they only want to talk to him.

>> we want to talk with him. what on earth can be wrong with that?

>> reporter: mcafee claims he is the target of corrupt officials who want to kill him in. april, local authorities raided mcafee 's home, accusing him of operating a drug lab and possess possessing firearms.

>> there's a lot of things going on here. this is not something the authorities are going to turn a blind eye at.

>> reporter: wired writer joshua davis travelled to belize to interview mcafee and is in close contact with the eccentric software pioneer. he says mcafee played russian roulette with a gun during his visit and posed with guns in november for the cover story before his neighbor died.

>> i can say he is a bizarre, strange person. do i think he did it? i can't say.

>> reporter: meanwhile, mcafee says he has no plans to turn himself in and will fight the allegations.

>> i think the eccentricity in some people makes for a more interesting world, but does not make a murderer.

>> reporter: for "today," michelle franzen , nbc