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Cold Cases: Conviction, but no closure, in Worthman and Lockyer murder case

They are the heartwrenching stories that shock whole communities, bringing waves of fear and sorrow that can linger for years. Disappearances and unsolved murders devastate Canadian families in all parts of the country, creating anger and suspicions that may never be put to rest. In collaboration with the CBC News series Canadian Cold Case, the CBC Digital Archives presents a collection of stories from unsolved crimes in Canada.

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For Beryl Worthman, there is little solace in the sentencing of the man who helped kill her son and his girlfriend some 16 years earlier. Joey Oliver was arrested in 2007 for assisting in the killings of a young Newfoundland couple, Dale Worthman and Kimberly Lockyer. But more than two years later, in May 2009, the manslaughter sentence brings no closure or satisfaction. According to Oliver, the killer is still out there -- and he's more than willing to say who it is. As we see in this 2009 live CBC-TV report, it makes for a dramatic and confusing story that is still missing its ending.
• Joey Oliver was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in the deaths of Dale Worthman and Kimberly Lockyer. Oliver lured the couple to a wooded area for what he said was supposed to have been a beating, but insisted he did not know that the couple would be shot.

• The court was told that Oliver identified Shannon Murrin, who was found not guilty of the 1994 slaying of British Columbia schoolgirl Mindy Tran, as the shooter. The Crown conceded before the court that it could not corroborate Oliver's claim about Murrin. In 2007 Murrin identified himself as a suspect in the shootings, but said he had no role in them. He has not been charged in the case.

Medium: Television
Program: Here & Now
Broadcast Date: May 28, 2009
Guests: Jim Walsh, Beryl Worthman
Reporter: Glenn Payette
Duration: 1:51

Last updated: October 8, 2014

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