Edmonton police have charged two people in connection with the June 26 hit-and-run crash that left mixed martial arts fighter Ryan Jimmo dead.
Anthony Getschel, 23, was charged with second-degree murder, criminal negligence causing death, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and failing to stop at the scene of an accident involving death.
Jordan Wagner, 21, was charged with accessory after the fact to murder.
An autopsy revealed 34-year-old Jimmo died from blunt force trauma after being run over by a vehicle.
It happened in a parking lot in the area of Whyte Avenue and 101 Street at around 2:15 a.m. Sunday.
The vehicle believed to be involved in the hit and run was found late Monday evening in Edmonton and was seized for forensic examination.
Jimmo’s friend and colleague Luke Harris said the athlete was living in Arizona but recently made the decision to move back to Edmonton. He was only in the capital city for a couple of days before he was killed.
Police said the two people charged in his death didn’t know Jimmo. Investigators said a brief verbal argument happened right before the hit and run took place.
This is Edmonton’s 25th homicide of 2016.
During his MMA career, Jimmo made his sensational UFC debut (at UFC 149) in Calgary in July 2012. Fighting as a light heavyweight, he tied the record for the organization’s fastest knockout when he dispatched Anthony Perosh in just seven seconds.
Jimmo was also a champion in the Edmonton-based Maximum Fighting Championship and he appeared in the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter.