82 more charges laid against Col. Williams

A former Canadian military commander facing murder and sexual assault charges was hit with more than 80 new break-and-enter charges Thursday, with some of the burglaries reportedly involving lingerie.

A former Canadian military commander facing murder and sexual assault charges was hit with more than 80 new break-and-enter charges Thursday, with some of the burglaries reportedly involving lingerie.

Col. Russell Williams led one of the country’s top airbases — CFB Trenton —before he was charged in February with first-degree murder in the deaths of two women and the sexual assaults of two others.

The commander’s arrest shook the military to its core.

On Thursday, just hours before Williams made a brief court appearance, provincial police said a review of unsolved crimes in eastern Ontario had resulted in 82 new charges.

Forty-six of those involve break-ins in Tweed, Ont., the eastern Ontario community where Williams lived after taking command of the sprawling airbase in July 2009.

Another 34 fall under the jurisdiction of police in Ottawa, where Williams shared a house with his wife. The remaining two charges relate to suspected break-ins in Belleville, Ont., also near the military base.

Williams, 47, was arrested and charged in February with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Cpl. Marie-France Comeau of Brighton, Ont., and Jessica Lloyd, 27, of Belleville.

The Ottawa break-and-enter charges are centred around the Fallingbrook neighbourhood, where Williams once lived. A man whose house was among those burglarized said he and his wife came home one day to find family pictures on their bed and both his wife and daughters’ underwear drawers open. “It was pretty upsetting,” said the man, who didn’t want to be identified.

 
 
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