A woman accused of killing a St. Albert senior made her first court appearance via CCTV on Wednesday morning.
Beryl Musila, 28, was charged with first-degree murder and indignity to human remains on Tuesday in the death of 75-year-old Ronald Worsfold.
Worsfold’s body was found in a rural area of Parkland County near Stony Plain, Alta., on Sunday, two days after he was last seen.
An autopsy was conducted on Tuesday morning and his death was deemed a homicide, although police have not released the cause of his death.
During court proceedings Wednesday, Musila did not say a word.
Worsfold’s daughters Stacey and Sandy Worsfold were in court and wore blue in honour of their father, who was a big Edmonton Oilers fan, they said.
“Seeing the face for the first time, you just have to take it in. As the details unfold and we learn more, I think that’s going to be the difficult part,” Sandy said.
Worsfold reported his car stolen on July 2, five days before his disappearance. RCMP said the stolen Toyota Corolla was recovered Monday morning by Edmonton police, but RCMP said the car theft wasn’t connected with his death or disappearance.
Worsfold’s daughters said their dad had tried to help Musila while she was a resident of the St. Albert apartment complex where he was a landlord.
“That’s how he treated everyone he came in contact with: if you needed him, he was there,” Stacey said.
“He even got notes back from people after the Fort Mac fire of the people he bought gas for on the way.”
Stacey said the family isn’t angry; instead, they’re searching for answers.
“Why? My dad was just a giving person trying to help and we still don’t know why. Of all the people that have been in our lives, this is not the person who deserved this in the end.”
“All he was trying to do was help.”
Musila’s next court appearance is set for July 24 at 9:30 a.m. in St. Albert.
Worsfold’s family has planned a public memorial for Sunday, July 16 at 3 p.m. at the St. Albert Grain Elevator Park. Those who are interested in attending are asked to wear blue and, in lieu of flowers, bring a donation for the park.
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