Yukon man’s murder charge changed from second to first-degree murder

Flag_of_Yukon.svg

Yesterday, Everett Chief made his first appearance in court. Chief was previously charged with second-degree murder of two women, Wendy Carlick and Sarah MacIntosh. The murder charge for Carlick has changed to first-degree, while the charge in connection with MacIntosh remains the same.

Both convictions result in automatic life sentences. However, a second-degree murder conviction provides eligibility for parole after 10 years, compared to 25 years for a first-degree murder conviction.

An application has been made by the prosecution to prohibit Chief from contacting any of the witnesses identified by the RCMP.

In 2017, both women were found dead in MacIntosh’s home. Wendy Carlick’s daughter, Angel, was also killed and found outside of Whitehorse in 2007. Angel’s death remains unsolved. After Angel’s death, Wendy became an advocate for murdered and missing Indigenous women.

At the end of 2017, there were 8 reported murders in Yukon, the highest number ever recorded by Statistics Canada. Only two had been solved. Carlick and MacIntosh’s case was one that remained unsolved at the time. Given the increased number of murders in Yukon, the Yukon RCMP was assisted by other RCMP divisions in this case.

This blog post was written by a CCLA Volunteer. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCLA.