Four Edmonton men have been charged in the death of a man found in rural Sturgeon County last October.
The RCMP Major Crimes Unit and the Morinville RCMP Detachment have charged four men with first-degree murder in the death of Kevin Dean Damien Yellowbird. RCMP have also determined Yellowbird’s death is not related to the deaths of two other men whose bodies were found in Sturgeon County within a six-week period.
Sterling Devon Martin McGilvery, 24; Skylar Taurus McGilvery, 21; Tyler Edmund Fischer, 31; and Cougar Dominique Fafard, 24; are all facing first degree murder charges in Yellowbird’s death.
The four men are scheduled to appear in Morinville provincial court on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 9:30 a.m.
Yellowbird was found in a ditch on a rural road in Sturgeon County on Oct. 17, 2017. RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Hal Turnbull said that investigators believe Yellowbird passed away “some time before” Oct. 17.
Turnbull said investigators suspect he had been there for longer than two days but cannot confirm exactly how much time elapsed before his body was discovered.
The RCMP say they will not be releasing a timeline of events or how Yellowbird was killed until the trial.
RCMP say that the incident was not random and they are not looking for any other suspects in the investigation. Turnbull said that he is not sure if there was a relationship between the accused and the deceased.
Along with laying charges, the RCMP were able to rule out a connection between two other bodies found in Sturgeon County. Turnbull said eliminating a connection between the three deaths has helped advance the two unsolved cases.
“It is extremely important in regards to the investigation of the other two being able to rule out Mr. Yellowbird’s death in connection with the other two. It would be a considerable item in the progress of both of those other investigations to conclusively eliminate this case as being connected to them,” Turnbull said.
Yellowbird, who was a resident of Edmonton and had ties to the community of Ma-Me-O Beach, was found on Oct. 17. Thirteen days later another body turned up in the county.
Krishneel Kamal Kumar, 26, from Edmonton was found dead in a field near Riverstone Drive and Township Road 544A in Sturgeon County on Monday Oct. 30. His death has been ruled a homicide but RCMP are not releasing the cause of death.
Less than a month later a third man was found. On Saturday Nov. 25, Edmonton resident Ahmed Farah, 25, was released from the Edmonton Remand Centre at 12:50 a.m and was found dead less than two hours later outside of St. Albert.
Farah’s body was found on the side of Range Road 251, around 250 metres north of Poundmaker Road in Sturgeon County. The distance between the Edmonton Remand Centre and the location where his body was found is two kilometres. His death was ruled a homicide.
Turnbull said that Farah was picked up by someone when he left the Edmonton Remand Centre.
The RCMP requests that anyone with information about these cases call the Morinville RCMP Detachment. In the event that callers wish to remain anonymous, they are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com.