HALIFAX - The Canada-wide arrest warrant for a Halifax man wanted in connection with a 2011 murder is now an international warrant.
Steven Douglas Skinner is wanted for murder and assault with a weapon.
Steven Douglas Skinner, 40, is now listed on the RCMP‚Äôs ‚ÄúWanted‚ÄĚ website as the subject of an international warrant for second-degree murder.
‚ÄúInformation was brought forth to the police through the investigation that he may be in Mexico,‚ÄĚ said RCMP Cpl. Scott MacRae. ‚ÄúSo a process has taken place to get an extradition in place in case he is located.‚ÄĚ
Skinner is wanted in connection with the shooting death of 20-year-old Stacey Adams in Lake Echo in April 2011.
He was named as a suspect and charged with second-degree murder in late July 2011, despite being at large. A Canada-wide warrant was issued for his arrest and he has appeared on the Halifax Regional Police High-Risk Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) list ever since.
MacRae said major crime investigators are working with Interpol to locate Skinner and bring him back to HRM.
‚ÄúThere is a process in place that if the crime is serious enough or it‚Äôs warranted, a country can look at asking other countries to extradite a person back to where the incident occurred,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚Äú(Second-degree murder) is definitely a very serious crime.‚ÄĚ
At the time of Adams‚Äô murder, Skinner was on bail and facing charges related to the 2009 attack on a Lower Sackville man. Skinner and another man were accused of entering the victim‚Äôs home and using hot implements to burn him.
Skinner was due to stand trial in 2012.
- by Ruth Davenport - Metro Halifax