44-year-old Everett Chief now faces one count of first degree murder in the death of Wendy Carlick and one count of second degree murder in the death of Sarah MacIntosh in Whitehorse last year.
The man charged in the deaths of Wendy Carlick and Sarah MacIntosh in Whitehorse last year is now facing one count of first degree, and one count of second degree murder.
The second degree charge against 44-year-old Everett Chief in the case of Wendy Carlick was upgraded by RCMP at the same time he was appearing in territorial court Tuesday morning.
Chief faces a second degree murder charge in connection with the death of Sarah MacIntosh.
Judge Michael Cozens set his next appearance for June 15th.
Even though the whole appearance took a matter of minutes, Chief, wearing a blue and white striped shirt, had his head in his hands as he received instructions from his lawyer, and could be heard sobbing at some points.
As the appearance wound down, MacIntosh's younger daughter stood up and yelled out 'Rot in hell. you (expletive) took my mother from me' then left the courtroom in hysterics.
The bodies of 51-year-old Carlick, and 53-year-old MacIntosh were found in April of last year's in a McIntyre Subdivision home belonging to MacIntosh.
Meantime, Kwanlin Dun First Nation Chief Doris Bill says the community will continue to support the families of those affected by the deaths of Carlick, MacIntosh, and others.
Bill spoke to reporters at a press conference in Whitehorse following Chief's court appearance, and says there's still work to be done.
"If we are truly going to address what is happening to our people. All levels of government, law enforcement, and communities need to come together." a steadfast Bill said.
(Inset photo: Chief Bill (right) alongside MacIntosh's brother and KDFN Councillor Howard MacIntosh. Photo: Oshea Jephson/CKRW.)
Bill expressed support for those closely impacted by the homicides, saying the community is with them, and to not give up hope.
"As you can appreciate, this has been very difficult for this community. It's been heartbreaking. It's been tragic. It's devastated our community." Bill said.
"We will move forward."
Bill also urged anyone with any information to come forward and says the community will continue to do what it can and be proactive to ensure a safe community.
(updated with Doris Bill reaction 11:45 am Tuesday)
(Corrects earlier version which said there were two first degree murder charges. 12:15 pm Tuesday.)