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Man charged with murder in connection with Dartmouth woman’s death

A Dartmouth man was arrested and charged with second-degree murder Thursday over the death of a woman in October.

A Dartmouth man was arrested and charged with second-degree murder Thursday over the death of a woman in October.

Clarence Michael McLeod, 55, was arrested without incident in Dartmouth on Thursday morning, Halifax Regional Police say.

He appeared in the Dartmouth provincial court Thursday afternoon looking tired and unfocused.

The balding man with a grey beard wore a puffy black coat and faded jeans. He didn’t speak during his brief appearance before Judge Alanna Murphy and was remanded into custody at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnside until his next court appearance on May 20, when a date will be set for a preliminary inquiry.

Police say a friend found Roxanne Page, 49, dead in a Roleika Drive residence in Dartmouth on Oct. 17.

She had come to check up on her, police say. She also found an injured man at the scene. Police were called and arrested the man and took him to hospital suffering from what they described as self-inflicted wounds.

Police spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter said Thursday the man injured at the scene was McLeod. He was released in October pending the results of an autopsy on Page, which police say show the death was a homicide.

“At the time, there were no obvious signs of trauma to the body,” Palmeter said. “The results of the autopsy were obtained earlier this week and as a result, investigators made an arrest this morning.”

Palmeter said he couldn’t release Page’s cause of death while the case was before the court. He said McLeod and Page had known each other, but the nature of their relationship at the time of Page’s death was unclear to investigators.

McLeod has multiple criminal convictions and has served time in prison before.

 
 
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