Halifax police charge 4 in connection with Matthew Penney homicide – Halifax

CORRECTION: The original article based on the information provided by the RCMP stated that Jason Patrick MacKenzie faced a charge of manslaughter in connection with Matthew Penney’s homicide. The RCMP have since provided updated information that MacKenzie has not been charged with manslaughter. The article has been updated to reflect the change.

HALIFAX – Halifax police have charged a man with manslaughter following an investigation into a burnt body that was found at a provincial park on New Year’s Day.

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Tyler Berry, 24, is also facing numerous other charges in the death of 26-year-old Matthew Penney.

Police have also charged Berry with criminal negligence, causing death by a firearm, indignant disposal of human remains and public mischief.

Jason Patrick MacKenzie, 27, has been charged with accessory to manslaughter, accessory to criminal negligence causing death by firearm, indignant disposal of human remains and public mischief.

Penney’s remains were discovered at Oakfield Provincial Park in Grand Lake, about 35 kilometres north of Halifax. He had last been seen the night before in Dartmouth.

Two women have also been charged in connection with the case.

Keisha Slawter-Vassel, 24, is charged with accessory to manslaughter, accessory to criminal negligence causing death by firearm and public mischief.

Caitlin Fay Thompson, 23, is charged with public mischief.

On Thursday, officers executing two warrants at residences on Bras Dor Lane and Springhill Drive in Dartmouth took the suspects into custody.

All four are due to appear in Dartmouth provincial court on Friday.

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