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Second man charged with murder following March shooting deaths of Alberta men: RCMP

Jacob Sansom and his uncle Morris Cardinal on an undated hunting trip together.
Jacob Sansom and his uncle Morris Cardinal on an undated hunting trip together. Supplied

The RCMP Major Crimes Unit has charged a Glendon, Alta., man with two counts of second-degree murder for a double homicide shooting in March, according to a news release issued Saturday.

Police charged Roger Bilodeau, 56, in the deaths of Jacob Sansom, 39, of Nobleford, and Maurice Cardinal, 57, of Bonnyville.

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Bilodeau had a judicial hearing on Friday and remains in custody. He is scheduled to be in court in St. Paul on June 18.

Double homicide recap

On March 27 at 9:30 p.m., two vehicles stopped on a rural road near Glendon, which is northeast of Edmonton, police said.

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Officers said people in both vehicles got into a verbal fight, which turned physical.

“A third vehicle arrived on the scene and several shots were fired […] which resulted in the [deaths] of the victims,” RCMP said.

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On March 28 at 4 a.m., Bonnyville RCMP responded to a call about two bodies on the road near a parked truck.

After autopsies on March 31, officials deemed the deaths homicides.

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On April 2, police said Anthony Bilodeau, 31, of Glendon, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder for Sansom and Cardinal’s deaths.

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Police confirmed Roger and Anthony Bilodeau are related, but did not say how.

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Relatives said Sansom and Cardinal were on a hunting trip at the time.