RCMP Major Crimes Unit investigating homicide in High Prairie – Update 2

October 29, 2020
Atikameg First Nation, Alberta

News release

The Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit's investigation into the homicide of Christopher Lyle Cunningham (35) of High Prairie on Oct. 20, 2019, has resulted in an arrest and charge.

Following further investigation, Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit have charged Darcy Lane Joseph Weesemat (27) of Atikameg First Nation with:

  • Manslaughter
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

Following a judicial hearing, Weesemat did not speak to bail and he was remanded. He is scheduled to appear in High Prairie Provincial Court via CCTV on Nov. 2, 2020.

As this matter is now before the courts, no further information will be provided.

Background:

Oct. 23, 2019

RCMP Major Crimes Unit investigating homicide in High Prairie – Update 1

The High Prairie RCMP responded to a complaint of a deceased male on the Atikameg First Nation on October 20 at 7:00 a.m. The male was located on the road and confirmed deceased. The RCMP Major Crimes Unit (MCU) was deployed to take carriage of the investigation.

Several units were involved in a scene examination including Peace River Forensic

Identification Section, Grande Prairie Police Dog Services, and the General investigation Section.

On October 22 an autopsy was conducted in Edmonton. The results of the autopsy indicated that the 35-year-old male's manner of death was a homicide.

The investigation into this homicide continues. No further information is available at this time.

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Contact information

Media Contact:
Corporal Deanna Fontaine
Media Relations Officer
Western Alberta District RCMP
780-995-7310

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