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Updated: Sat, 03 Aug 2013 10:21:50 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Canadian soldier charged in wife's death



Canadian soldier charged in wife's death

A Canadian soldier has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 28-year-old wife, Melissa Richmond, whose funeral also takes place later this morning.

Howard Richmond, a 50-year-old a warrant officer with the Canadian Forces, made a brief court appearance on Saturday before he was remanded into custody. He will appear again before the court by video link on Tuesday.

The first-degree murder charge comes a day after Richmond was arrested and taken into custody. A friend had dropped him off at Ottawa police headquarters.

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Melissa Richmond's funeral will take place Saturday at St. George's Chapel in Petawawa.

Search warrants executed Friday

On Friday, police also executed multiple search warrants including one at the couple's home in Winchester, Ont. They also towed Howard Richmond's truck to conduct a search for forensic evidence.

Police say they believe the suspect acted alone in Melissa Richmond's homicide.

Body found stabbed

Richmond had reported his wife Melissa was missing on July 24, saying she took a late-night drive from their Winchester, Ont. home and never returned. Her vehicle was recovered two days later in the parking lot of the nearby South Keys Shopping Centre in south Ottawa.

Two days after that, her body was recovered from a deep ditch near a storm drain along Bank Street, near the shopping centre. She had been stabbed multiple times, police sources told CBC News.

Howard Richmond has completed six tours of duty for the Canadian Forces — three in Afghanistan, two in Bosnia and one in Cyprus.

He told CBC News on Thursday that he has received treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and that his wife of eight years was a "rock" throughout his treatment.

Prior to his arrest, police interviewed Richmond as a grieving spouse.

Melissa Richmond, who was a dental hygienist, is Ottawa's seventh homicide victim of 2013.

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