Updates on two homicide cases

Significant developments in two homicide cases to tell you about today: as I promised earlier, there are more details about the gang-related shooting of Brandon (Commando) Prevey in Red Deer. Plus, my Calgary Herald colleague Sherri Zickefoose has an article with new information about the unsolved killing of Juan Carlos Dequina in Calgary in 2008.

In Prevey’s case, it turns out the suspect survived two shootings within 24 hours a few months prior to Prevey’s killing. The RCMP have charged Christopher Fleig, 25, of Red Deer, with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Witnesses saw two vehicles speeding from the scene of Prevey’s killing and are seeking additional suspects, so the investigation hasn’t ended with Fleig’s arrest.

Prevey, 29, was a member of the Edmonton-based Crazy Dragons gang, and police have said his killing likely stemmed from an ongoing dispute with Calgary’s FOB gang — an interesting theory considering the gangs have a history of co-operation. A source told me yesterday that killing indeed has ties to FOB, but it appears it may be motivated by a personal clash between Prevey and others, rather than any violence over his gang affiliation.

Unlike Prevey, Juan Carlos Dequina had no gang ties and lived an apparently exemplary life, which is a big reason investigators have had difficulty solving his Dec. 2008 killing on a lonely road at the city’s southwest edge. The impasse has prompted police to make two public appeals for tips in the case: the first last December, and another yesterday.

Investigators are now revealing Dequina, 22, was shot twice as he sat in his Chevrolet Blazer as it sat at the intersection of 37th Street and 146th Avenue S.W., not far from his parents’ home. Police don’t believe Dequina — known as “J.C.” to friends and loved ones — had any involvement in crime. There was also no indication he was robbed. Homicide investigators believe he met his killers at the location or was driven there sometime after leaving his girlfriend’s home in northwest Calgary a few hours before a Tsuu T’ina Nation police unit on routine patrol found his body.

Calgary Crime Stoppers has produced a re-enactment of Dequina’s killing that will air on Shaw TV and online.

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  1. Pingback: More arrests in Commando case « Jason van Rassel: crime reporter

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