Police lay charges in two rural murders

Leader staff

RCMP have charged a 27-year-old Smith man with second-degree murder in the April 29 death of Chantelle Hole. Hole was found dead in a residence near Smith on that date.
The news release from Cpl. Ron Bumbry of the RCMP’s Eastern Alberta District was distinctly short of details; nor will any more be coming, it said, as the matter is now before the courts.
Speaking of courts, the accused was supposed to make his first appearance in Slave Lake Provincial Court last Wednesday, via closed-circuit television from the Edmonton Remand Centre.
Another detail in Bumbry’s report was that the family of the victim has asked for their privacy to be respected.
Finally, the charge of second-degree murder suggests police think the murder was unplanned.
Per The Leader’s usual practice, we report the name of the accused only when he or she has been convicted.

Two charged in Desmarais death
A Desmarais man is dead and two people face charges for it. Dorium Yellowknee, 33, was found dead outside a residence in the community on June 2, according to a release from Cpl. Ron Bumbry of the RCMP.
Police learned that an “altercation” had taken place at another residence during a house party in the early morning hours of that day. The scene was secured and the case turned over to the RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit, which has been spending quite a bit of time in northern communities lately.
According to Bumbry’s June 6 release, the autopsy on Yellowknee showed that he died by homicide. On June 4, police charged a 19-year-old female with second degree murder in the case. She was to appear in Edmonton Provincial Court on June 6. A day later – June 5 – police arrested a 32-year-old Desmarais man and charged him with second degree murder; also assault with a weapon. He also appeared for the first time in Edmonton Provincial Court on June 6.

Altercation leads to various charges
A High Prairie man is in a fair amount of trouble after a fight in Slave Lake on May 15. Responding to one complaint, police learned there had actually been two altercations and two injured people.
The victims, one male and one female, were not at the residence when police arrived. The culprit was, and they arrested him without incident. The victims were later found, “with various serious but non-life-threatening injuries,” reported Slave Lake RCMP Sgt. Marlene Brown.
The 29-year-old attacker is charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon (twice) and two counts of assault causing bodily harm. The type of weapon was not released.
The man was scheduled to make his first court appearance in Slave Lake on June 7.


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