B.C. Crown files stay of proceedings against teen murder suspects

The B.C. Crown prosecutor’s office filed a Stay of Proceedings in Terrace court on second-degree murder charges against Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18.

The Crown filed the Stay of Proceedings on Sept. 9.

Schmegelsky and McLeod were charged on July 24 with second-degree murder in the death of UBC lecturer Leonard Dyck.

They were also named as suspects in the murder of Australian Lucas Fowler and American Chynna Deese.

On Aug. 7, 2019, the bodies of Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod were found in thick brush near the Nelson River in Manitoba after a two-week Canada-wide manhunt that spanned four provinces. Their bodies were found about eight kilometres from where Mr. Dyck’s burnt RAV4 was located near Gillam, Man., on July 22, 2019.

On Aug. 12 B.C. RCMP released the Winnipeg, Man. autopsy results that confirmed Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod committed suicide by gunfire.

B.C. RCMP said while both individuals were deceased for a number of days before they were found, the exact time and date of their deaths weren’t known. However, police said there are strong indications that they had been alive for a few days since last seen in July and during the extensive search efforts in the Gillam area.
Police also confirmed that two firearms were found with the two deceased teens and forensic analysis was being done to definitively confirm that the weapons were connected with the northern B.C. homicide investigations.

Police said investigators were assessing all items located in Manitoba, along with the previous findings related to the three northern B.C. homicide investigations, to gain more clarity into what happened to Leonard Dyck, Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese.

Police said the assessment will review all the investigative findings to date, whether it is statements, evidentiary timelines, physical or digital evidence, and the B.C. RCMP have also have engaged our Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU).

“The B.C. RCMP commits that once we have completed that review within the next few weeks, we will be providing the families with an update with respect to the totality of the investigations and then releasing the information publicly,” said Dawn Roberts Director in Charge, B.C. RCMP Communications on Aug. 12.

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