Charges laid in 2020 homicide investigation: Saskatchewan RCMP

Mistawasis First Nation, Saskatchewan – As a result of extensive investigation by the Saskatchewan Major Crime Unit, in collaboration with Yorkton General Investigation Services, Meadow Lake, Shellbrook and Prince Albert Detachments, and in consultation with Crown Prosecution, two males have been arrested and charged in relation to the November 17, 2020 homicide of Troy Watson from Mistawasis First Nation.

Roy Lasas from Mistawasis First Nation, Saskatchewan, is charged with 1 count, Second Degree Murder, section 235(1) of the Criminal Code; and

A second male from Mistawasis First Nation, Saskatchewan, has been charged with 1 count, Second Degree Murder, section 235(1) of the Criminal Code. We cannot identify him as per the Youth Criminal Justice Act as he was a youth at the time of the offense.

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Both individuals have been remanded in custody and will be appearing in Prince Albert Provincial Court, Courtroom # 1, on Monday, January 10, at 9:30 am.

Backgrounder

Shellbrook RCMP investigate homicide on Mistawasis First Nation

2020-11-19

On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, just before 9 p.m., Shellbrook RCMP received a call to assist local EMS with an unconscious adult male located outside of a residence on the Mistawasis First Nation in Saskatchewan. The adult male was pronounced deceased on scene by EMS.

Police secured the scene and requested additional resources from the Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crimes Unit North (MCU-N), Prince Albert and Tisdale RCMP Forensic Identification Services and the Saskatchewan Coroner’s Service to assist with the investigation.

Based on preliminary information received by police and by working in consultation with the Saskatchewan Coroner’s Service, the death of the adult male is being investigated as a homicide. The Saskatchewan RCMP MCU-N have taken carriage of the investigation.

The deceased male has been identified as 36-year-old Troy Watson from the Mistawasis First Nation. His next of kin have been notified of his death.

An autopsy is scheduled to take place in Saskatoon on November 19, 2020.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding Troy Watson’s death.

Police are requesting anyone who may have been in contact with Troy Watson at any time on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, or who may have information to assist with this investigation, to call the Shellbrook RCMP at 306-747-2606. Information can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submitting a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com.

Residents can expect to see an increased police presence in the area as police continue to investigate.

The investigation is ongoing.

Shellbrook RCMP

Saskatchewan Major Crime Unit

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