B.C. councillor, two men, held in murder probe
Two more arrests have been made in connection with a bizarre case that has led to a first degree murder charge against a Victoria-area councillor.
The men were picked up Sunday night, but their names or possible charges against them have not been released.
The arrests stem from an incident that began Friday night when the body of 33-year-old Keith William Taylor was dumped in the parking lot of the West Shore RCMP detachment in Langford, West of Victoria. He had suffered serious injuries, police said.
Councillor Ken Stewart Brotherston, 52, of the District of Highlands faces a murder charge and has been taken into custody until his court appearance in mid-June, police said.
Brotherston's colleagues were surprised to hear about the case, said Highlands Mayor Mark Cardinal.
"I am in complete shock obviously," Cardinal told CTV News. "It's something that is not consistent with what I know of Mr. Brotherston."
After discovering his body, RCMP officers attempted to revive Taylor, as did paramedics, but he was pronounced dead at the station.
Police then closed off a residential street in Colwood, near Victoria, and declared they would treat the case as a homicide.
With an autopsy of the deceased scheduled for Tuesday, police are still on the lookout for more suspects, said West Shore RCMP Const. Tasha Adams.
Brotherston served on several committees on council, including water panels, and worked in construction and heavy equipment apart from his council job, said Cardinal.
The council's work will continue while Brotherston is incarcerated, said Cardinal, but it's not clear what will happen if he is released.
In the B.C. City of Port Coquitlam, Mayor Scott Young was convicted of assaulting his former girlfriend, but despite several motions from his council asking him to resign, he has not.
"I haven't had an opportunity to seek details to see what position (Highlands) council can take on that," said Cardinal.