Murder charge laid in Laura Jessome's death

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SYDNEY — A Glace Bay man will face a charge of second-degree murder in the killing of Laura Catherine Jessome last May.

Laura Jessome

Morgan James MacNeil, 21, will appear in Sydney provincial court Friday morning to face the charge that was laid against him this evening.

MacNeil is in the Cape Breton Correctional Centre where he’s currently being held on a host of unrelated charges most of which stem from two robberies at a bank and a jewelry store in May.

He was remanded on the murder charge once it was laid by police.

Cape Breton Regional Police spokeswoman Desiree Vassallo said the investigation is still ongoing and more charges are expected.

“Because it’s still an active investigation I can’t speculate on specifics but it is ongoing and at the time we can lay more charges and release that information then we will,” she said.

Last month when regional police charged Robert Edwin Matheson, 49, and Bryan Augustine Deruelle, 37, both of Glace Bay, with being accessories after the fact to murder in Jessome’s death, the court informations also indicated who police believe killed the 21-year-old woman.

MacNeil and Thomas Barrett, 37, also of Glace Bay, were listed by police as her suspected killers.

The court document alleged Matheson and Deruelle knew that both Barrett and Morgan had murdered Jessome and helped them for the purpose of escaping.

That information was revealed in a story published in the Cape Breton Post on Wednesday.

Vassallo wouldn’t say whether a murder charge against Barrett is imminent.

He is also in the correctional centre awaiting a Supreme Court trial this April on charges including attempted murder, assault, unlawful confinement and obstruction that are unrelated to the Jessome case.

Jessome’s body was pulled from the Mira River on May 25. The body was stuffed inside a hockey bag and police have declined to release the exact cause of death.

She was last seen alive on May 2 in the New Aberdeen area of Glace Bay.

Since the discovery of her body, regional police have searched a number of Glace Bay locations and uncovered what they've described as several key pieces of evidence.

The province has also announced a cash award of up to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for Jessome’s death.

 

 

Organizations: Cape Breton Post on Wednesday.Vassallo, Supreme Court

Geographic location: Glace Bay, Sydney, Mira River New Aberdeen

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