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Woman charged with murder in Edmonton man’s New Year’s Day 2023 death

A second person — a 37-year-old woman — has been charged with murder in the death of a 70-year-old Edmonton man last January.

Ronald Bell, 70, was found dead at a home near 107th Avenue and 106th Street at around 1 p.m. on  Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023.

It was originally called in as a “sudden death,” but an autopsy revealed Bell’s death was homicide.

“For investigative reasons, the cause of death continues to be withheld,” police said in an update on May 6.

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Bell’s truck was found in Calgary on Jan. 5 with stolen plates.

Donn Austin Gauthier, 43, was arrested on July 11, 2023, in relation to the death. He was charged with first-degree murder, arson, indignity to a body and breach recognize.

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Another person has since been charged.

Melissa Norris, 37, was arrested on May 2, 2024, and has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Bell’s death.

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