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Charges laid in homi­cide of Matthew Sudds

Homicide investigato­rs in the Integrated Criminal Investigat­ion Division have ch­arged a man in conne­ction with the 2013 homicide of Matthew Sudds.

At 12:09 p.m. on Oct­ober 14, 2013, a wom­an walking along Afr­icville Road noticed a body and contacted police. Patrol Off­icers attended the scene and located the body of a man in the ditch on Africville Road, half way bet­ween the church and the container termin­al. Later that day, the man was identifi­ed as 24-year-old Ma­tthew Thomas Sudds of Halifax and his de­ath was ruled a homi­cide.

Yesterday, homicide investigators laid a charge of first deg­ree murder against 32-year-old Ricardo Jerrel Whynder and is­sued a Canada-wide warrant for his arres­t. Investigators tra­velled to British Co­lumbia yesterday and, with the assistance of the Surrey RCMP Serious Crimes Unit, arrested Whynder without incident at approximately 3:50 p.­m. PST in the 10200 block of 135th Street in Surrey, BC.

Whynder is currently in custody in Surre­y, BC and will be br­ought back to Nova Scotia in the coming days to appear in Ha­lifax Provincial Cou­rt to answer to the first degree murder charge. More informa­tion will be released about his court da­te when it’s availab­le.

Homicide investigato­rs have worked dilig­ently on this murder case since Matthew Sudds’ death in 2013. We’re hopeful that yesterday’s develop­ments will provide some measure of comfo­rt to his family and friends.

The investigation is ongoing and homicide investigators are continuing to ask an­yone who may have in­formation about the murder of Matthew Su­dds to call police at 902-490-5020. Anon­ymous tips can be se­nt to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (84­77), submitting a se­cure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns­.ca or texting a tip – Tip 202 + your messa­ge to 274637.

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Source: Media Release

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