Calgary & Area Crime & Court

Calgary Police charge 2 after 3-year-long investigation into death of Ronnie Obina

Calgary Police have charged two men with first-degree murder after an exhaustive investigation into the death of Ronnie Obina, 29, in November 2017.

Just after 4 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, police were called to the 0 to 100 block of Ranchero Rise N.W., for reports of a deceased man found in a vehicle in the back alley. It is believed that the victim was shot in the back alley in the early morning hours of Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.

Ronnie Olara Obina, 29, of Calgary was found dead in a vehicle in a Ranchlands alley on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017.

The victim was identified through an autopsy as Obina of Calgary.

Investigators believed that this was a targeted attacked and say they worked tirelessly to identify potential suspects.

On Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, two men were arrested in Regina, Sask., by the Regina Police Service in relation to this investigation. Police are still working to determine a motive for this homicide.

Jessie Pearson, 33, and Jayme Scott Denovan, 30, both of Calgary, have each been charged with one count of first-degree murder. They will next appear in court on Oct. 29, 2020.

“This investigation was extremely complex and required the dedication and coordination of resources from across the Service and from other law enforcement partners,” says Staff Sergeant Martin Schiavetta of the Calgary Police Service Homicide Unit. “This is a great example of even with the passage of time, our members are committed to uncovering the truth and holding individuals accountable.”

Detectives would like to thank the Regina Police Service for their assistance in this investigation.

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