Second-degree murder charge laid

NANAIMO – Last week’s suspicious death on Haliburton Street has resulted in a charge of second-degree murder

Last week’s suspicious death on Haliburton Street has resulted in a charge of second-degree murder.

Police arrested and charged Leo Ronald Touchie, a 22-year-old from Nanaimo, on Friday evening in connection with the death of Harry Glen Bickle, 52. Bickle was found dead in his apartment that morning.

“There was something about it that appeared suspicious. It didn’t appear to be a natural cause of death,” said Const. Kate Mooney of the Nanaimo RCMP’s serious crime unit.

Police do not believe any weapon was used.

Mooney said people came forward with information that assisted the investigation.

“By talking to witnesses and talking to other people and examining the scene, [Touchie] came up as the suspect,” Mooney said.

She said it doesn’t appear that the victim and suspect knew one another. The arrest, she said, “went fairly smoothly, without incident.”

Touchie appeared in B.C. Supreme Court in Nanaimo on Tuesday, and his next court date is scheduled for Tuesday (Aug. 13).