Behchoko murder suspect makes brief court appearance

Alecus Quitte from his Facebook page

A Gameti man, charged with murder in the death of Archie Wedzin in Berhchoko on April 8, made a brief appearance in a Yellowknife courtroom on Friday.

Alecus Quitte, 21, was remanded in custody until his next court appearance June 11 when he is to apperar by video from the North Slvae Correctional Complex (NSCC).

Dressed in an orange jail-issued t-shirt and sweat pants, Quitte seemed disinterested in the proceedings – the judge at one point telling his lawyer to tell Quitte to open his eyes.

According to an RCMP news release, Quitte was arrested on May 14 and charged with murder the next day.

The Crown prosecutor in the case says it has yet to be determined whether Quitte will face a first or second degree murder charge.

No motive for the crime has been mentioned so far.

Police state that Behchoko and Gameti RCMP, NT RCMP Major Crimes Unit, Forensic Identification Services and supporting units have continued to follow the leads in this homicide investigation.

“We are thankful to the community of Behchoko in supporting the investigation to the point of this arrest and some resolution for the family,” states Inspector Amber Clark, Officer in Charge, South District, NT RCMP.

The investigation continues, however, RCMP are not seeking additional suspects at this time.

RCMP thanked the citizens and communities in the Tlicho Region for their support.

They also expressed condolences to the family as does CKLB.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.