Whitehorse Daily Star

Man is charged in connection with Carmacks resident’s death

A Carmacks man has been charged with first-degree homicide.

By Emily Blake on October 10, 2017

A Carmacks man has been charged with first-degree homicide. 

Yukon RCMP said last Friday afternoon they arrested Mario Rueben Skookum, 25, that morning in Carmacks.

He was charged in connection with the June murder of Wilfred “Dickie” Charlie, 57. 

Skookum made his first court appearance on the charge in Whitehorse on Saturday and has been remanded into custody. His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 18.

Skookum is the second person who has been arrested and charged in relation to Charlie’s death.

Tyler Aaron Skookum, 27, was arrested in Whitehorse on Sept. 28. He is facing a second-degree homicide charge.

Went missing

Charlie was reported missing by family members on June 19. He had last been seen at his home in Carmacks at around 3:00 that morning and was believed to have fallen in the Yukon River.

His body was found on July 5 by Yukon College staff and students at the Huchá Hudän Field School near Fort Selkirk.

Findings from an autopsy conducted at Vancouver General Hospital determined that his death was the result of a homicide.

Charlie was the fifth reported homicide victim in the Yukon this year. Since his death, there have been two more murders, both in Whitehorse.

Not since 2004 has the number of homicides in the territory in one year reached this number.

So far, charges have been laid in connection to one other homicide.

Edward James Penner, 20, from British Columbia, was charged with first-degree murder on July 2 in connection with the death of Adam Cormack, 25.

Cormack’s body was found June 28 north of the Old Alaska Highway and was quickly deemed a homicide.

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john henry on Oct 11, 2017 at 7:36 am

What about the rest of them in connection to this. There was people there watching and did nothing except keep quiet.

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