BC murderer granted day parole 30 years after killings

Killer granted parole

Thirty years after he murdered a friend’s mother and grandmother for inheritance money, Derik Lord has been granted day parole for four months, despite opposition from family members of his victims.

Lord, now 47 and married with a son, was transferred to a minimum-security institution in 2016.

At a hearing March 10, with an Indigenous elder and an assistant present, Lord was granted day parole that will allow him to live at a community residential facility and work at a camp in Northern B.C., where he has previously completed two successful work releases.

Lord continues to claim he was wrongly convicted of the first-degree murders of Sharon Huenemann, 47, and her 69-year-old mother, Doris Leatherbarrow.

Lord and David Muir killed the women after their Mount Douglas Secondary School classmate Darren Huenemann promised them part of a $4-million inheritance.

The two 17-year-olds planned the murder, going to Leatherbarrow’s home in Tsawwassen on Oct. 5, 1990, where they were invited in for dinner. They bludgeoned the women repeatedly on their heads with a crowbar, rendering them unconscious. Then they slit their throats, leaving them to bleed to death.

Lord and Muir ransacked the house to make the killings look like a robbery, taking cash from the dead women’s purses.

In 1992, all three were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Lord and Muir were both eligible for parole after 10 years because they were young offenders.

Muir, the only one of the three to admit his role in the killings, has been on full parole since 2003.

Huenemann, who tried unsuccessfully to escape from prison in 1995, remains in custody. In 2017, after serving 25 years of his life sentence, he applied for an escorted temporary absence, but was turned down.

In its decision, the parole board members noted that Lord showed a significant lack of remorse. His comments about the anguish of surviving family members came across as “disingenuous and lacking any meaningful understanding of the harm you have caused.”

However, Lord’s case-management team was supportive of his release on day parole. The team reported that he had completed numerous escorted temporary absences at the facility and had built a good relationship with the parole office and facility staff.

Overnight leave is not authorized, said the parole board decision.

Lord is prohibited from having any contact with the victims’ families, including extended family members and Crown witnesses. He is not to travel to Vancouver Island or the Lower Mainland.

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