Chippewas of the Thames First Nation man now fifth accused in murder case

  • New Accessory to Murder charges in triple homicide

SIX NATIONS — A fifth individual has been charged in connection to an ongoing triple homicide investigation at Six Nations.

OPP announced Roland Sturgeon, 21, of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation near London has been charged with three counts of Accessory After the Fact to Murder in connection to the deaths of 37-year-old Melissa Miller, 33-year-old Alan Porter, and 32-year-old Micheal Jamieson: all of Six Nations.

The three victims were found murdered near the Oneida Nation of the Thames reserve which is adjacent to the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.

Police say Sturgeon was arrested on March 26 and appeared for a bail hearing at the Ontario Court in Brantford. He is now in police custody.

Police would not offer any further details into the nature of his involvement in the crimes or his arrest.

On March 8 Police held a press conference on Six Nations to announce the arrests of Nicholas Shipman, Thomas Bomberry and Jamie Beaver. All three are facing second degree murder charges in the case.

A fourth individual, Kirsten Bomberry, is also facing three counts of Accessory After the Fact to Murder.

Officers began investigating on Nov. 4 after the victims bodies were found along with an abandoned pickup truck in a privately owned field outside Oneida Nation of the Thames.

Police said Miller was seven-months pregnant at the time of her death. Officers said they have identified the cause of death, but they declined to share details on that or any other aspect of the investigation.

Shipman has been in police custody on an unrelated matter since Nov. 3.

Investigators would not publicly comment on the relationships among the accused or between them and the homicide victims.

The surviving family members for all three victims released a joint statement through the Six Nations Justice Department expressing thanks to police and community members who contributed information that lead to the arrest of the accused.

“At this time, the families are asking not to be contacted by the media for any follow up or interviews. The emotional burden of this experience on the families is incredibly difficult and they are presently focused on grieving and enduring with life responsibilities,” said the statement from the Six Nations Justice Department. (with CP files)

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