Charges laid in two Lloyd murders

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March 24, 2016 9:48 AM

Cops say man killed women

A joint effort by RCMP officers from both Alberta and Saskatchewan led to the arrest of a man this week for the murders of two women in Lloydminster several years ago.
Police couldn’t give many details as of press time because the 59 year old who was arrested Tuesday had not been formally charged yet.
“They’ve been working on those investigations since 2007—2009,” RCMP Cpl. Hal Turnbull, of the strategic communications unit, said Wednesday.
“I know the recent movement to make the arrest is probably the consequence of some activity within the past couple of years, so I don’t know if he was on their radar back then, but they definitely had him yesterday.”
Jeanette Chief went missing on June 2, 2007, a day after leaving her home in Onion Lake Cree Nation, and her body was found by police four days later,  just outside the Border City.
The death of the Chief, 48, was immediately considered a homicide.
Two years later on May 15, 2009, 49-year-old Violet Heathen went missing.
Her remains were found about six months later near Kitscoty, Alta.
The man believed responsible for both murders wasn’t immediately charged with two counts of first degree murder on Tuesday, because police said they wanted to make sure there weren’t other charges overlooked.
“He’ll be formally charged this evening some time,” Turnbull said Wednesday.
“What that usually entails is a hearing before a justice of the peace just to get the charges sworn that he understands what they are.”
During the hearing, a first court appearance will be set for sometime in the future when the man will enter a plea.

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