Canadian military chief charged with murder

A Canadian military base commander has been charged with the murder of two women and sexually assaulting two other women, according to police.

Colonel Russell Williams was arrested in Ottawa Sunday on suspicion of murder of 27-year-old Jessica Lloyd and 38-year-old corporal Marie Comeau.

The 46-year-old Williams also was charged on two counts of breaking and entering the homes of two other women, who were sexually assaulted last September.

“Due to similarities in those incidents, the police investigative team linked (last month’s murder) to other crimes,” Ontario Provincial Police said in a statement.

Williams, a 23-year military veteran, was appointed as the base commander of Canadian Forces Base Trenton in Trenton, Ontario last July.

Trenton is the busiest Canadian Air Force base and is providing logistical support for Canada’s missions in Haiti and Afghanistan as well as support for the Vancouver Winter Games.

The colonel was held in custody and will appear in court via video on February 18.

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