Alleged killers in court

Three men charged with first-degree murder appeared by video in Kelowna court, Monday.

Michael Bonin, 20, of Rycroft, Alta., was found dead on a rural forest service road north of Hope on April 20, 2017. Police believe he was killed on April 19.

Ryan Watt, 26, Joshua Fleurant, 20 and Jared Jorgenson, 27, all appeared Monday in B.C. Provincial Court.

RCMP Cpl. Frank Jang said the crime was not random, but details on a motive cannot be provided as the case is before the courts.

Annette Bonin described her son as a loving, helpful and loyal young man.

"The pain of losing Michael will never go away, and many lives have been changed by this selfish act,” she said. "I hope those responsible for taking Michael’s life are held accountable.”

RCMP and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team were engaged in an exhaustive nine-month investigation.

Bonin and Fleurant were co-accused of car theft in Kamloops in March of 2017.

Each of the cases has been adjourned until Feb. 19.

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