Murder accessory charges dropped in triple homicide

The mother of one of the slain victims in a brutal triple homicide near Oneida Nation of the Thames is angry that accessory charges against one of the accused have been dropped.

Sue Jamieson, whose son was one of the three murdered, is shocked that one of the accused, Vernon Shipman, had his charges dropped in the 2018 triple homicide.

“I think we all knew it was going to happen like that,” she told the Two Row Times on Tuesday. “This whole court case has been up and down all along.”

She said the charges were dropped because his trial wasn’t held in a timely manner.

She learned last week that the charges were dropped.

The charges stem from the murder of three Six Nations people in November 2018.

Melissa Miller (who was seven months pregnant at the time of her death), Alan Porter, and Michael Jamieson were found in a truck near the Oneida Nation of the Thames in November 2018.

One of the accused, Nicholas Shipman, who has been in jail since Nov. 3, 2018 on other charges, ended up pleading guilty to three counts of manslaughter, resulting in an 18-year sentence.

His girlfriend at the time, Jamie Beaver, was also originally charged with second-degree murder in Miller’s death, but pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. She had been sentenced to time served (48 months) and a three-year peace bond. She’s been free since Nov. 5, 2021.

The trial of another accused, Thomas Bomberry, who was charged with second-degree murder in two of the deaths, began in February but was put on hold after he fired his lawyer. He is due back in court on Dec. 15.

The gruesome details of the triple homicide unfolded after hunters happened upon an abandoned pick-up truck on Nov. 4, 2018 near Oneida Nation of the Thames near London, Ont.

That’s when the bodies of Miller, 37, Porter, 33, and Jamieson, 32, were discovered.

Miller and Porter suffered fatal stab wounds. Jamieson was shot in the chest. The murders were said to have taken place at a trailer owned by Kirsten Bomberry, who had served six years for an unrelated murder of a Romanian immigrant in 2004 while she was a sex worker in Hamilton. She was released in 2010.

She had faced accessory charges in the triple homicide but was acquitted of all charges.

The murders occurred after the accused and victims got into an argument in Bomberry’s trailer.

Sue Jamieson said he still faces charges for breaching his bail conditions.

“We would like to see justice and the courts going after that.”

Jamieson said the trials of all the accused have been fraught with “head games” with the firing of lawyers and reduced sentences.

“This isn’t completed,” she said, calling the justice system “evil. To us, the community needs to know. It’s not over yet. We still got one more trial.”

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