Yukon RCMP have charged a B.C. man with first-degree murder in Whitehorse.
Edward James Penner, 20, was charged Sunday in connection to the death of Adam Cormack, 25.
Last Wednesday, Cormack’s body was found north of the Old Alaska Highway, west of Whitehorse.
The location was formerly a popular area for sighting rifles.
Penner appeared in territorial court Sunday afternoon.
He has been remanded into custody at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre. His next court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow in Whitehorse.
The RCMP Major Crime Unit is continuing its investigation into the case. Anyone with information regarding Cormack’s death is asked to contact the RCMP at 667-5555.
This case marks the fourth homicide in Whitehorse since April.
It’s the eighth homicide in the territory that Yukon RCMP have been investigating in the past 11 months.
According to a Prince George, B.C. RCMP press release, Penner is from Quesnel, B.C.
He has lived in Prince George, and has “an extensive history with police.”
He was charged in January 2016 with robbery, disguise with intent, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, resisting arrest, three counts of failure to comply with recognizance and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
The charges stem from a robbery on the evening of Jan. 19, 2016.
A man entered the BX Cold Beer and Wine Store in Prince George wearing a mask and demanding cash. A store employee co-operated, and the man fled on foot, taking a small amount of cash, cigarettes and beer.
The following evening, RCMP officers located and arrested Penner in possession of a large knife and small quantities of heroin and methamphetamine.