Ontario coroner blames ‘shaky’ evidence in double-murder case

Although the cause of death and cause of death investigation for Dorian Richardson, born April 5, 1988, was declared undetermined by Ontario pathologist Dr. Dirk Huyer, parents and family members have indicated a desire…

Ontario coroner blames ‘shaky’ evidence in double-murder case

Although the cause of death and cause of death investigation for Dorian Richardson, born April 5, 1988, was declared undetermined by Ontario pathologist Dr. Dirk Huyer, parents and family members have indicated a desire for clarity.

Ontario Police Const. Jennifer Strachan, who spoke to the Canadian Press, confirmed that the deaths of the 10-year-old boy and his brother have been ruled out. Her statement was made Nov. 20. “That basically means no murder occurred,” the officer said.

But for the family of the victims, there is more to the story.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford defended Huyer’s reputation, calling him a “valued member of our community,” Canadian Press reported. But that hasn’t appeased the parents of the children, Stephanie and Terrance Richardson, who have expressed frustration with the Ontario Coroner’s Office and with local authorities, who they say have not done enough to solve the case.

“I want to be able to be honest with the boys’ parents,” Lisa Armstrong, Dorian’s mother, told Canadian Press. “It’s not that I don’t want to prosecute. I know that, believe me. I do. It’s just that I really want someone who is totally honest with the family.”

“It just feels like they don’t want to let it go, that they didn’t get it right the first time,” she said.

The siblings, Alhaidan and Jordan Richardson, were killed in July at the family’s home, located at 100 Raisin Oaks Crescent. Their father and stepmother are currently awaiting the disposition of the child’s bodies, which were given to the coroner as the cause of death was never proven. The children’s father, a former military officer and recruiter, was working overseas when he learned of the death of his two young children. The stepmother, who at the time of their deaths, was pregnant with their fourth child, called 911 when she discovered them dead in their home.

The speed with which both incidents have been viewed has also proven to be a source of concern. After the deaths of Dorian and his brother, the bodies were quickly wrapped in floral arrangements and left outside an Ontario government building for up to four hours before anyone knew what had happened. On the evening of July 16, less than two hours after the boys were discovered dead, the coroner’s office released a statement regarding the situation, although a formal statement had yet to be made public.

In the face of the controversy that the case has attracted, Ontario Chief Coroner Dirk Huyer spoke to Canadian Press and offered his condolences to the parents.

“They need to know that they are being treated with the respect that they deserve and I can assure them that I am doing everything I can to ensure that they feel confident that the process will be done in their child’s name,” the coroner said.

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