Man Charged With Second Degree Murder In The Death Of Alberta Hunters

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A 31-year-old man was charged with two counts of second degree murder in the deaths of two men in northern Alberta over the weekend, police said Thursday.

Anthony Michael Bilodeau visited the Bonnyville RCMP on Wednesday where he was arrested and charged with the deaths of Jake Sansom and his uncle Maurice Cardinal.

Police said two vehicles stopped on a rural road near Glendon around 9:30 p.m. Friday.

A dispute between the occupants of the two vehicles turned into a physical confrontation, police said.

A third vehicle arrived at the scene and several shots were fired, police said, resulting in the deaths of Sansom and Cardinal.

Their bodies were found on a rural road near Sansom’s black Dodge Ram 1500 van in the early hours of Saturday. The two men were shot dead.

The men, both of M├ętis origin, had left to hunt moose the day before.

Sansom hoped to get food to help feed his family after he was fired from his job as a mechanic at Suncor due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sansom, 39, was married and the father of three children. Cardinal, 57, had three stepchildren and five grandchildren.

Earlier, the RCMP said that the nature of the gunshot wounds and the number of gunshots would not be released to protect the integrity of the investigation.

Bilodeau has been remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in St. Paul Provincial Court by CCTV on April 9.

Police are looking for anyone with video footage of the area – including Range Routes 84 and 90, as well as township routes 614 and 620 – between 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 4 a.m. This includes surveillance cameras, dashboard cameras or video surveillance.

Glendon is located approximately 200 kilometers north of Edmonton.

– With files by Janice Johnston

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