After consultation with the office of the Crown counsel, the RCMP Major Crimes Unit have arrested and charged a 56-year-old male of Glendon, Alta. with second degree murder (x2) and a 39-year-old male of Nobleford, Alta., and a 57-year-old male of Bonnyville, Alta.
Further review of evidence by the Crown that was gathered during the investigation resulted in the co-accused being charged.
He was remanded into custody after a judicial hearing yesterday and will be appearing in St. Paul provincial court on June 18, 2020.
As there have been multiple court appearances of the first accused in this investigation, the RCMP will not be commenting further as these matters are now before the courts.
No updates are anticipated.
April 2, 2020
RCMP Major Crimes Unit investigating suspicious deaths – Update 2
The RCMP Major Crimes Unit can now advise that a 31-year-old male of Glendon, Alta. was charged with second degree murder (x2) of a 39-year-old male of Nobleford, Alta., and a 57-year-old of Bonnyville, Alta.
It is alleged that at approximately 9:30 p.m., on March 27, 2020 two vehicles came to a stop on a rural road near Glendon. A verbal then physical confrontation ensued with the occupants of the two vehicles. A third vehicle arrived on the scene and several shots were fired by the accused, which resulted in the death of the victims.
On March 28, 2020 at about 4 a.m., Bonnyville RCMP responded to a call from a citizen who reported two deceased males on the road outside of a parked truck.
Autopsies were completed at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on March 31, 2020 and the deaths were deemed as homicide.
Further investigation led police to the accused who turned himself into the Bonnyville RCMP Detachment where an arrest was made and charges were laid. He was remanded into custody following a judicial hearing and is set to appear in St. Paul provincial court via CCTV on April 9, 2020.
The RCMP would like to thank the public who provided tips in regards to this investigation.
The families of the victims have asked for privacy as they grieve the loss of their loved ones.
The investigation continues. Should new details surface they will be provided by means of an updated media release.
Staff Sergeant Jason Zazulak, Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit, will be available today for individual telephone interviews.
Please contact Fraser Logan, Alberta RCMP Media Relations Manager, at 780-412-5261 to coordinate.
April 1, 2020
RCMP Major Crimes Unit investigating suspicious deaths - Update
The RCMP Major Crimes Unit have arrested an adult male and charges of second degree murder (x2) have been laid in relation to the death of two males that was reported to police on March 28, 2020.
Autopsies were completed at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The deaths of the males have been deemed as homicide and the manner of death was by gun shots.
The name of the accused and victims will not be released at this time pending a swearing of an Information.
A further update will be provided tomorrow with additional information.
March 29, 2020
RCMP Major Crimes Unit investigating suspicious deaths
On March 28, 2020 at about 4 a.m., the Bonnyville RCMP responded to a call from a citizen who reported two males on the road outside of a parked truck. Bonnyville RCMP determined on scene; Township Road 622 and Range Road 484, that both males were deceased and the circumstances of their death appear suspicious.
The RCMP Major Crimes Unit has responded to Bonnyville to take carriage of this investigation. Both males, aged 39 and 57 suffered gunshot wounds. A truck was seized on scene and is being forensically examined.
Autopsies will be conducted on March 31 to confirm the manner and cause of death.
The deceased males are associated to a black 2014 Dodge Ram 1500. The Major Crimes Unit and Bonnyville RCMP are seeking assistance from the public as follows:
- Trail cams, dash board cameras and video surveillance from 8:00 p.m. March 27 to 4:00 a.m. March 28, 2020
- Area the RCMP are seeking this footage from is MD of Bonnyville, RR 484, RR 485, RR 490 and TWP 614, TWP 620 and TWP 622
Police are asking anyone who travelled in the above area, during the time frame of 8 p.m until 4 a.m., please contact Bonnyville RCMP at 780-343-7200. Of particular interest is if you saw the described black 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 or any other suspicious vehicle or activities. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.
While the legal land with the MD and road signs show 484 Range Road, any maps being referenced will show RR84, RR85 and RR90.
The RCMP apologizes for the confusion – media can reference RR84, RR85 and RR90