RANTFORD – Sharon “Sis” Hill, the mother of accused murder Shawn Hill, who is still at large, was in Brantford court Friday for her bail hearing. She and two others, were arrested in connection with the murder of Dustin Monture.
The 27-year-old Monture died in hospital the day after being found in February on the lawn at a Tuscarora Road address where Hill resides. At first, he was thought to have been severely beaten, but under closer examination at Hamilton General, where the victim was airlifted, it was discovered that he had been shot in the head as well and died the next day.
Six Nations Police have charged 39-year-old Aaron Martin, 40-year-old Sharon Hill and 37-year-old Jeffrey Lee Martin, all of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory with accessory after the fact to murder.
“The Six Nations community is continuing to provide information surrounding the death of Dustin Monture. We are aware that other members in our community have direct knowledge of this homicide,” said Chief Glenn Lickers of Six Nations Police Service. “I am urging them to contact the police and come forward. As a community, we owe it to Dustin’s family. Let’s help bring some resolution to this family that was struck by an unthinkable tragedy.”
Monture’s mother, Roxanne Farmer says she and her family are not impressed with how slow the case is going, and are wondering why the suspected murder’s mother was granted bail. Surety was given for $200,000 and Hill was allowed to leave.
“It’s a mother’s worst nightmare,” said Farmer. “I stayed with him to the end.”
“I just don’t understand,” she said. “It was stated in court by the Crown that Sharon tried to pay off the other two arrested suspects to protect her son, but she is free?”
It also concerns the family that the Six Nations police report referred to Hill as a “Good Samaritan” in bringing Monture to hospital.
Although Hill was restricted from being in contact with the accused, Farmer says that is nothing compared with the fact that she can never see her son again.
Police continue their investigation however, Monture’s uncle, Bill Monture, still has many questions about several aspects of how Six Nations Police have handled the case.
According to Monture and other family members, forensic officers never visited inside the home where his nephew was found outside of, and never tried to ping his cell phone — even after relatives discovered that it was being used after Monture’s death. He also says police never asked for surveillance footage of Monture arriving at the hospital.
Six Nations Police Staff Sgt. Marwood White told reporters, “We do understand that the family has concerns, but it is an ongoing investigation and we don’t want to risk the integrity of the investigation.”