B.C. man convicted in double murder denied parole again
Derik Lord, shown in this file image, is serving a life sentence for the 1990 murders of Sharon Huenemann and Doris Leatherbarrow. (CTV)
CTV British Columbia
Published Thursday, January 23, 2014 11:08AM PST
Last Updated Thursday, January 23, 2014 11:12AM PST
A B.C. man convicted of killing his friend’s mother and grandmother in a murder-for-hire scheme has been denied parole again.
Derik Christopher Lord and his friends David Muir and Darren Huenemann were convicted in the first-degree murders of Sharon Huenemann and Doris Leatherbarrow in 1992.
The two women were bludgeoned and stabbed to death by Lord and Muir, who were 17 and 16 years old at the time of the murder.
The trial showed that Huenemann had offered his friends a car, house and monthly salary for carrying out the murders.
Lord was sentenced to life in prison at Matsqui Institution in Abbotsford, where last week officials denied his appeal for day and full parole, and unescorted temporary absences.
Lord was appealing a 2013 decision in which the board cited his unwillingness to claim responsibility for the murders as a factor in their decision to deny his request.
Last week, the parole board’s appeal division upheld the decision, stating “it was not unreasonable for the Board to note the nature and extreme brutality of your crime, that you remain a moderate risk to reoffend violently and that you have continued to deny your index offence.”
Lord’s parole request was also denied in 2011.
All three convicted in the murders said they were in Victoria when the women were killed while preparing dinner in Leatherbarrow's Tsawwassen home.
Leatherbarrow's fortune was estimated at between $3 and $4-million at the time of her death.
With her and her daughter out of the way, Darren Huenemann would have been the sole heir to the riches.
The two women had invited Lord and Muir over for dinner on the night they were killed. The table was set for four when the boys bashed them over the head with crowbars until they were unconscious and then cut their throats with kitchen knives.
The boys tried to make it appear as though the women had been murdered during a robbery, but police found that money, jewelry and other expensive items had been left untouched.