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Two men charged in homicide of Pelham man: Niagara police

Two men have been charged with murder in the death of a Pelham, Ont. man.
Two men have been charged with murder in the death of a Pelham, Ont. man. Niagara Regional Police Service

Niagara Regional Police have charged two men in a homicide investigation in Pelham.

Jason Lusted, 49, of no fixed address was arrested Saturday and Matthew MacInnes, 39, of Wellandport, Ont. was arrested on Friday.

Police say both accused are charged with second-degree murder in the death of Earl Clapp, 74, of Pelham, Ont.

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Investigators say Clapp died in the early morning hours of Oct. 2 when he may have tried to stop the attempted theft of one of his trailers on his property on Centre Street.

Police say Clapp was hit and dragged by a vehicle as it fled the area and he was later found dead.

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Detectives are still trying to find a 2007 to 2014 black Ford Expedition that police say may be associated with either accused and driven on the night of the incident.

On Monday morning, hundreds of people took part in a community procession in honour of Clapp by driving past his home on Centre Street.

Fenwick community procession in honour of Earl Clapp on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020.
Fenwick community procession in honour of Earl Clapp on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Sharon Pfeifer/Global News