Second-degree murder pleas entered in double homicide

Two men have each pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder from a drug-related double homicide.

Seaver Tye Miller and Joshua Steven West entered the pleas Monday during a B.C. Supreme Court hearing at the Prince George courthouse for the Jan. 26, 2017 shooting deaths of Thomas Burt Reed of Burns Lake and David Laurin Franks of Prince George.

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On May 30, Aaron Ryan Moore pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal negligence causing death while Perry Andrew Charlie continues to face two counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted murder with a firearm. A trial for Charlie is set to begin on July 2.

On the day of the incident, RCMP responded to an early-morning report of shots fired and found a vehicle off the side of the road near the intersection of Foothills Boulevard and North Nechako Road.

Reed and Franks were pronounced dead at the scene. A third victim, whose name has not been release, was also shot but survived.

Moore and West were arrested within the hour while Charlie was apprehended the next day. Following a flood of tips, Miller was apprehended 15 days after the shooting.

Prince George RCMP Supt. Warren Brown has said both the suspects and the victims were involved in the drug lifestyle "consistent with activities that could lead to gang involvement."

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