Charge laid in Lumby homicide
A charge of second-degree murder has been laid in connection with a Lumby homicide. Police received a report shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday of a disturbance in the 300 block of Trinity Valley Road. Police discovered the body of a woman and a man suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at the property. The woman has been identified as Linda Marie Stewart, 51, a Lumby resident who worked as a Vernon school teacher. The man was taken by air ambulance to Kelowna General Hospital in serious condition and in police custody. It is believed the suspect and victim had been in a relationship for a brief period of time. Howard Everett of Lumby has been charged with second-degree murder. Everett was scheduled to make his first court appearance in Kelowna Provincial Court Tuesday, but police say he remains in hospital receiving treatment related to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Southeast District Major Crime Unit, with assistance from the Vernon-North Okanagan detachment’s General Investigation Section, and the BC Coroners Service continue to investigate the murder. Anyone with any information who has yet to speak with police are asked to contact the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.