A Saskatchewan man is facing a second-degree murder charge after police said injuries a woman had sustained in a minivan crash were inconsistent with the damage to the vehicle.
A green minivan with a man in the driver’s seat and a woman passenger was found by officers lodged in the trees, police said.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, while the man had minor injuries.
Police said there were inconsistencies between damage to the minivan and the injuries suffered by the occupants, adding that further investigation ruled the woman’s death a homicide.
Jamie Smallchild, 25, was charged Sunday with second-degree murder in the death of Jessica Cameron, 33.
Police said they were known to be in a domestic relationship.
Smallchild appeared in Saskatoon provincial court Monday morning.
Several members of Cameron’s family were in the courtroom.
“I wanted (Smallchild) to see we’re here for her. We’re her voice now,” said Cameron’s aunt Bernie Thomas.
She added the community has rallied around the family, noting the mother of seven was loved dearly.
“We’re all going to miss her. My heart aches for her children, her mom and dad. My sister just lost a child two years ago. And now to lose a second child, I can’t imagine what she’s going through,” Thomas added.
An autopsy is expected to be done later this week and Smallchild will make his next court appearance on July 23.
Beardy’s and Okemasis’ Cree Nation is roughly 90 kilometres north of Saskatoon.
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