The RCMP Major Crimes Unit (MCU) has laid a charge in relation to the death of a man in Stettler which occurred on April 6, 2018.

In the early evening of April 6 an investigation was launched when the Stetter RCMP Detachment determined that there was a deceased male inside a residence and the circumstances of his death appeared to be suspicious.  Information was released that the RCMP were trying to locate his truck.  Major Crimes Unit  took care of the death investigation.stettlertruckThe stolen truck of deceased, 70-year old James Hulkovich

On April 7 the victim’s truck was located near Wetaskiwin.  A traffic stop was conducted and four people were arrested.  One of the males arrested in the truck, was transported to an Edmonton Hospital where he received medical assistance. The three other people were released with no charges. 

On April 10 in the early afternoon, 51-year-old John Roland Savage of Stettler was arrested at an Edmonton hospital by Major Crimes Unit.  He was placed into police custody and taken to Strathcona County Detachment.  Savage is facing one charge of Second Degree Murder in the death of 70-year-old James Hulkovich of Stettler.

A judicial interim release hearing has been held and he is scheduled to appear in court in Stettler on April 26.

Details in relation to the nature of the homicide and the investigation by Major Crimes Unit will not be released.


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