Sixth arrest in triple homicide

Police have laid accessory to murder charges against a third person in the slaying of three SixNations residents, whose bodies were found southwest of London last November.The OPP and Six Nations police arrested Vernon Shipman, 33, of Six Nations on Thursday, charging him with three counts of accessory after the fact to murder.Shipman was held in custody after appearing in Brantford court on Friday morning.He is the sixth person arrested in the case.The bodies of Melissa Trudi Miller, 37, who was seven months pregnant, Alan Porter, 33, and Michael Jamieson, 32, were found Nov. 4 near a stolen pickup truck near London.Two men, 36-year-old Nicholas Shipman and 30-year-old Thomas Bomberry, and a woman, 32-year-old Jamie Beaver, all of SixNations, were charged earlier this month with second-degree murder. Shipman faces three counts, while Bomberry is charged with two, and Beaver is charged with one. Nicholas and Vernon are brothers.The three are to return to court on May 9.In August 2017, the body of Miller’s common-law husband, Douglas Hill, 47, who had been missing from Brantford for eight weeks, was found in a shallow grave in the same area where the three bodies were found.Nicholas Shipman had been charged as an accessory in the death of Hill but his charges, and those of two other women and a female youth, were withdrawn after a preliminary hearing last fall.In November, Kirsten Bomberry, 36, of Six Nations was charged with three counts of being an accessory to murder in the triple homicide. She was denied bail in February.Earlier this week, Roland Sturgeon, 21, of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation was charged with three counts of accessory to murder. He also is custody after appearing in a Brantford court.The police have declined to say what the connection is among the accused.Anyone with additional information is asked to contact a dedicated police tip line at 1-844-677-5050 or Six Nations police at 519-445-2811.To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.SGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble