A second man has been charged in connection to the 2008 murder of Lisa Dudley and Guthrie McKay of Mission.
Justin Andrew MacKinnon, 25, was arrested Thursday in Sydney, Nova Scotia and charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
He was slated to make his first court appearance today (Friday) in Sydney provincial court and was then expected to be transported to B.C., where he will appear in Abbotsford provincial court on Monday, June 6.
Investigators believe that since the September 2008 murders, MacKinnon has resided in four provinces – B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia.
Jack Douglas Woodruff, 52, of Surrey was charged May 13 with the same counts, after a 31-month investigation by the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).
Woodruff’s next appearance in Abbotsford provincial court is on June 9.
Sgt. Peter Thiessen, responding for IHIT, said MacKinnon’s arrest was a result of IHIT working in partnership with the Cape Breton Regional Police Service and with the RCMP in Nova Scotia.
MacKinnon’s criminal history in B.C. includes two previous convictions, according to the provincial court database. One was for an assault in March 2006 in Terrace, for which he received a 45-day conditional sentence.
The other was for assault and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm in August 2008 in Surrey. He was sentenced in November of that year to time served, as well as 18 months’ probation and a 10-year firearms ban.
Dudley, 37, and her boyfriend McKay, 33, were found by a neighbour on Sept. 22, 2008 at a rural home in the 31000 block of Greenwood Drive four days after a 911 call was received that six shots had been fired in the area.
McKay was pronounced dead on the scene. Dudley was in severe medical distress and died en route to hospital.
Cpl. Mike White was given a written reprimand and docked one day’s pay in March of this year after an RCMP disciplinary hearing determined that he failed to properly investigate the shots-fired call.
He left the scene after being there for 10 minutes and did not follow up the next day, the board of adjudication concluded.
IHIT has not revealed how Woodruff or MacKinnon knew the victims, but has said the shooting was targeted.