2 more men charged in connection to Shane Smith homicide

Police have laid charges against two more people in connection with the killing of a man from Chestermere, Alta., in June.

Shane Eric James Smith, 20, was reported missing by family members on June 7 and had been last seen the day before in McKenzie Towne, a neighbourhood in Calgary’s southeast. 

Investigators with the Calgary Police Service believe Smith was killed sometime late at night on June 6 at a residence in southeast Calgary. His body has not yet been found.

Back in June, Ian Charles Abercrombie, 24, of Calgary, was charged on several counts, including one count of second-degree murder in connection with Smith’s death.

Last month, Smith’s family gave an emotional plea to anyone who has information on the case.

Police said in a news release Tuesday that two more men have been linked to Smith’s death.

‘This is a living nightmare. We are asking everyone living on the outskirts of Calgary.… Please check your fields, ditches,’ said Shane Smith’s mother, Shirley, at a news conference in July with her husband, Bill, and Smith’s older sister, Cassandra. (CBC)

Andrew Leger-Wagner, 23, of Calgary was charged with:

  • 1 count of obstruction of justice. 
  • 1 count of indignity to a human body.
  • 2 counts of firearms trafficking.
  • 1 count of providing a false statement. 
  • 1 count of public mischief. 
  • 1 count of failure to comply with undertaking.

Andrew Thomas Bablitz, also known as Andrew Thomas Farias, 24, of Calgary, is charged with:

  • 1 count of obstruction of justice.
  • 1 count of indignity to a human body.
  • 2 counts of firearms trafficking.
  • 2 counts of careless transportation or storage of a firearm.
  • 2 counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm.
  • 1 count of possession of a weapon obtained by the commission of an offence.
  • 1 count of possession of a prohibited device.

Police are asking anyone with information on the case or the location of Smith’s remains to call the detachment or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.

View Source