Nova Scotia

2nd suspect charged in Dartmouth slaying

A second suspect has been charged with murdering an elderly woman who was found dead in her Dartmouth home last Friday.

A second suspect has been charged with murdering an elderly woman who was found dead in her Dartmouth home last Friday.

James William Gallant, 18, of Dartmouth, appeared in provincial court Tuesday on charges of first-degree murder, robbery and break-and-enter.

Halifax Regional Police said the young Dartmouth man was arrested Monday morning when officers responded to a break-and-enter on Albro Lake Road.

Police were called by a homeowner who said a male had broken into her home. She found him asleep in her laundry room with a hoodie over his face and yelled at him, but he did not respond.

Const. Brian Palmeter of the Halifax Regional Police said police were already in the neighbourhood searching for Gallant as a suspect in the murder.

"We had officers in the north-end part of Dartmouth throughout Sunday evening [and] Monday morning looking for this particular suspect," Palmeter said.

"And certainly when officers responded to the break-in on Albro Lake Road they were keeping this in the back of their mind and sure enough they were able to identify the suspect."

A 15-year-old boy arrested Sunday faces the same charges, but he's also accused of violating court conditions.

Police have yet to name the victim or time of death, saying they want to wait until the medical examiner's office has finished its investigation.

Gallant will remain in custody until his next court appearance in late Janurary. Police said there are no other suspects in the case.

Police said no further arrests are expected.

The 79 year old victim was discovered dead in her home on Jackson Road on Friday afternoon. A neighbour noticed the back door was open and called police.

On Tuesday neighbours brought flowers and candles to her home.

A neighbour told CBC News the last time she saw the woman was last Tuesday or Wednesday.

This was the 17th homicide of the year in the Halifax Regional Municipality.