On June 12, 2007 at 7:30 p.m., the body of Richard Harris, 22, was discovered in the trunk of a rental vehicle in the parking lot of a church at 144 Avenue and 94 Street. An autopsy confirmed that Harris died from multiple stab wounds and blunt force injuries.
“A person of interest in the murder was identified early in the investigation. In 2014, additional witness evidence was obtained but it wasn’t enough to move forward with charges,” says Staff Sgt. Ryan Tebb.
Historical Homicide Unit investigators then initiated a review of the file in December of 2018. After fifteen months of further investigations, approval was obtained from the Crown to charge Michele (Micheal) Potestio, 45, for second degree murder.
On March 17, 2020 the accused was arrested without incident in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Potestio has been transported to Edmonton to face the charge and has been remanded until his first court appearance on Monday, March 30, 2020.