ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A Newfoundland man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a 16-year-old double slaying has alleged in court documents that the man who did the killing was “a Mr. Murrin.”
Joseph Oliver pleaded guilty today to two counts in the 1993 deaths of Dale Worthman and Kimberley Lockyer.
In an agreed statement of facts, Oliver says he lured Worthman and Lockyer to a clearing in a field near St. John’s to meet Murrin on the day they disappeared.
He says he saw Murrin shoot Worthman in the head before the gun was aimed at Oliver and he was told to leave.
The statement of facts alleges that 30 minutes later Murrin met Oliver in his vehicle and told him that “he had put four in Kim’s head.”
The documents do not include a first name for Murrin, but Shannon Murrin has said in the past that he told police he had information about the killings of Worthman and Lockyer – though he has denied any involvement.
In 2000, Murrin was acquitted in the killing of eight-year-old Mindy Tran in Kelowna, B.C.
Oliver was charged with second-degree murder in January 2007, about six months after the couple’s skeletal remains were discovered in a wooded area in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s, on the outskirts of St. John’s.
Worthman and Lockyer disappeared in August 1993, marking the beginning of one of the province’s longest missing persons investigations.