Halifax man charged with murder possibly in Mexico

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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’s “Wanted” website as the subject of an international warrant for second-degree murder.

“Information was brought forth to the police through the investigation that he may be in Mexico,” said RCMP Cpl. Scott MacRae. “So a process has taken place to get an extradition in place in case he is located.”

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.

“There is a process in place that if the crime is serious enough or it’s warranted, a country can look at asking other countries to extradite a person back to where the incident occurred,” he said. “(Second-degree murder) is definitely a very serious crime.”

At the time of Adams’ 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’s home and using hot implements to burn him.

Skinner was due to stand trial in 2012.

- by Ruth Davenport - Metro Halifax

Organizations: RCMP, Halifax Regional Police High-Risk Enforcement Action Team, Interpol

Geographic location: Mexico, Lake Echo, Canada Lower Sackville

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