Second man charged in killing of Métis hunters in Alberta

Police said the men are related but did not reveal their relationship

(Jake Sansom (left) and his uncle Maurice Cardinal in a memoriam from Facebook. APTN file)

RCMP have charged a second suspect in connection to the fatal shootings of Jacob Sansom and Maurice Cardinal.

In a news release, police said Roger Bilodeau, 56, of Glendon, Alta., is facing two counts of second-degree murder in the March 27 case.

Co-accused Anthony Bilodeau, 31, also of Glendon, is already charged with two counts of second-degree murder and has pleaded not guilty.

Police said the men, who are both in custody, are related but did not reveal their relationship. They said members of the RCMP Major Crimes Unit arrested Roger on June 12.

Sansom, 39 and his uncle, Cardinal, 57, were killed on a rural road near Glendon, about 200 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, after police said an argument broke out between the occupants of two vehicles.

A third vehicle

Police said shots were fired after a third vehicle arrived on the scene – a rural road north of Glendon.

Police have said the parties were not previously known to each other.

The victims were said to be hunting food for their families on traditional territory during the COVID-19 pandemic under the Métis Harvester Act.