Fourth man charged in Mission double homicide 0
Mark and Rosemari Surakka hold up a photo of their murdered daughter Lisa Dudley at Provincial Court in Surrey, British Columbia, Monday July 15, 2013. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
A fourth man has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder following the 2008 shootings of Lisa Dudley and Guthrie McKay at a marijuana grow-op in Mission.
On Monday, Thomas Robert Holden smiled and held a clenched right hand to his heart — seemingly looking past Dudley and McKay’s families who held up pictures of the deceased — as he spotted his own family in the gallery at his first court appearance in Surrey.
The case has been mired in criticism since it was found Mounties hadn’t discovered the shooting scene immediately after a 911-call on Sept. 22, 2008, when a neighbour reported shots fired at the 31000-block Greenwood Drive home.
Dudley’s family has since filed suit against B.C.’s solicitor general, the attorney general and the District of Mission, alleging Mounties failed to respond in the case.
The family’s claim alleges it wasn’t until four days after the shooting a neighbour spotted McKay’s body and Dudley, seated in a chair and clinging to life, and called for help.
Paramedics arrived but Dudley only survived for another hour.
Two other men involved in the case, Jack Woodruff and Bruce Main, have pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and manslaughter, respectively.
A third man, Justin MacKinnon, pleaded not guilty to two first-degree murder charges that remain before the courts, according to police.
Holden, who is in his early 40s, is next expected in court July 26.