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Arrests made in murder on Waterhen Lake First Nation

On Nov. 12 Meadow Lake RCMP responded to a report of a man in medical distress at a residence on Waterhen Lake First Nation and found 36-year-old Jeremy Ernest who was pronounced deceased at the scene.

MEADOW LAKE - RCMP have made arrests in the murder of a Waterhen Lake First Nation man on Nov. 12.

On Nov. 12, Saskatchewan RCMP’s North Battleford Crime Reduction Team travelled to the Meadow Lake area as part of continued work to locate and arrest 31-year-old Trevor Alexander who was wanted for a number of incidents that occurred on Canoe Lake Cree First Nation between Aug. 31 and Sept. 6.

The police investigation determined that Alexander was at residence in the Eagles Lake area. He was located and arrested there, as well as three other individuals who were wanted on warrants from the Saskatchewan RCMP.

At the same time, Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crimes was separately investigating a homicide on Waterhen Lake First Nation and on Nov. 15, those same four individuals arrested by the RCMP Crime Reduction Team were also charged by RCMP Major Crimes in relation to the death of 36-year-old Jeremy Ernest from Waterhen Lake First Nation. 

Alexander, 31, of Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation, along with Hanna Durocher, 28, of Eagles Lake, and Tyson Lasas, 34, of Waterhen Lake First Nation are each charged with second-degree murder.

Alexander has also been charged with aggravated assault.

Tasha Opikokew, 23, of Battleford, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

They will appear in Meadow Lake Provincial Court on Nov. 17. The charges against them haven't been tested in court. 

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