New Brunswick

RCMP lay charges in 2 N.B. cold case homicides

New Brunswick RCMP have charged convict David Joseph Ouellette with murder and manslaughter in two cold-case homicides.

New Brunswick RCMP have charged convict David Joseph Ouellette with murder and manslaughter in two cold-case homicides.

The 38-year-old was charged in Moncton provincial court Friday over the February 1991 killing of Douglas James Edgett and the disappearance and assumed death of Cheryl Pyne in August 2004.

Ouellette has been charged with the second-degree murder of Edgett and manslaughter in Pyne's death. Pyne's body has never been found.

RCMP Cpl. Mike Gaudet said new information came to light in the last few months that led to Friday's charges.

"This is part of the ongoing investigation. The investigators are now confident that they have enough evidence to support a charge. The Crown felt it as well," Gaudet said.

"Obviously, we were in consultation with the Crown on this matter and so the investigation is still ongoing in regards to the body [of Pyne]."

Now in prison

Ouellette has waived his right to a preliminary hearing and will be tried by a judge and jury. A court date for the trial will be set at a later date.

Outside court, James Matheson, the lawyer for Ouellette, told reporters his client is now in prison in Renous, N.B., serving a 10-year sentence for assault causing bodily harm. He still has seven years left to serve.

According to the RCMP website, Edgett went missing on Feb. 23, 1991, off Pacific Junction Road near Moncton on a day when temperatures were as low as –37 C.

The 25-year-old Moncton man was found three days later lying face down by a snowmobiler.

Frances Edgett said her son was "a good boy" but had started using drugs after his father was killed.

Edgett said the accused was a friend of her son and she said drugs may have played a role in her son's murder.

Pyne worked in Moncton as a prostitute and was last seen in June 2004. Her mother was slain the following year.

Gaudet said the only connection that police have found in the deaths of Edgett and Pyne so far is the suspect.