Trial dates are set for the two men charged in the Halloween 2019 homicide of Jordan Smyth near Cultus Lake.
Prolific offenders Darius Commodore and David Geoghegan were charged in June 2021 with first-degree murder in connection to the killing of the 26-year-old whose body was found in an open area off a remote section of Sleepy Hollow Road on the Soowahlie reserve about one kilometre from Cultus Lake on Nov. 1, 2019.
At a court appearance on Feb. 15, a pre-trial conference was scheduled for Oct. 11 with a jury trial to begin in B.C. Supreme Court in Abbotsford on March 13, 2023.
At the time of his killing, IHIT said Smyth was known to police and they believed the homicide was a targeted incident.
Weeks after the killing, rumours made their way to The Progress that Commodore and Geoghegan were allegedly responsible.
At a press briefing on June 29, 2021, the RCMP’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) confirmed that Commodore, 24, and Geoghegan, 30, were arrested on June 25 with the assistance of the Abbotsford Police Department, the Lower Mainland Integrated Emergency Response Team, the Integrated Police Dog Services, RCMP Air 1, and the Chilliwack RCMP.
Commodore was arrested in Abbotsford, Geoghegan in Chilliwack.
“A tremendous amount of investigative work resulted in these charges being approved,” said Sgt. David Lee of IHIT in a press release. “The investigation remains ongoing and we know there are individuals with information related to Mr. Smyth’s murder and we are asking them to come forward.”
While Smyth had a number of criminal charges to his name, they were all recent, in the year prior to his death, and all relatively minor matters.
Commodore and Geoghegan, however, are well-known to Chilliwack RCMP with serious criminal records and numerous recent matters before the courts.
Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email:
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.