Four people from Dartmouth, N.S., are facing charges in the death of Mathew Anthony Penney.

Penney's burned body was found on New Year's Day in Oakfield Provincial Park, near Enfield.

The following people have been charged:

  • Tyler Berry, 23, has been charged with manslaughter, criminal negligence, causing death by a firearm, offering an indignity to human remains and public mischief.
  • Jason Patrick MacKenzie, 27, is charged with accessory to manslaughter, accessory to criminal negligence causing death by firearm, offering an indignity to human remains and public mischief.
  • Keisha Slawter-Vassel, 24, has been charged with accessory to manslaughter, accessory to criminal negligence causing death by firearm, and public mischief.
  • Caitlin Fay Thompson, 23, has been charged with public mischief.

Mathew Penney's mother, Jane, has trouble understanding how a killing with a firearm could have happened by accident.

"I am sick to my stomach. I am devastated to know that these were Mathew’s friends. Mathew thought they were his friends, and how they could do this to him," she said.

Mathew Penney

Mathew Penney's body was found New Year's Day in Oakfield Provincial Park. (Facebook)

"I'm just a mess and so is my family. Everybody who loved Mathew is feeling sick to their stomach and devastated."

Police searched homes on Bras Dor Lane and Springhill Road in Dartmouth at around 8 a.m. Thursday and arrested the four people.

Corrections

  • In a previous version of this story it said Jason MacKenzie was charged with manslaughter. Police made a correction from their earlier news release. MacKenzie has not been charged with manslaughter.
    Mar 21, 2014 11:09 AM AT