Soldier accused of killing wife abandons bail bid

A 50-year-old warrant officer with the Canadian Armed Forces will remain in jail on a first-degree murder charge in the death of his wife, 28-year-old Melissa Richmond.

Howard Richmond, 50, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Melissa Richmond, 28

Howard Richmond, right, is accused of killing his wife Melissa Richmond, left.

A 50-year-old Canadian solider accused of killing his 28-year-old wife dropped his application for bail Wednesday morning.

Howard Richmond, a warrant officer with the Canadian Armed Forces, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Melissa Richmond in August 2013.

Richmond reported his wife missing on July 24, saying she did not return after leaving their Winchester, Ont. home for a late-night drive. Her body was discovered in a deep ditch along Bank Street near the South Keys Shopping Centre parking lot where her car was abandoned.
Howard Richmond appeared in court in September 2013. (Sketch by Laurie Foster-MacLeod/CBC)
​She had been stabbed multiple times, police sources told CBC News.

Before his arrest, Richmond told CBC News that he has received treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. He has done six tours of duty — three in Afghanistan, two in Bosnia and one in Cyprus. 

A geomatics technician by trade, Richmond was working for the Integrated Personnel Support Centre in Ottawa when he was arrested in August. He has been with the Canadian Armed Forces since 1988.

Richmond's preliminary hearing is set to begin May 12.