REGINA — A 25-year-old man who police say is connected to a Saskatchewan-based street gang has been charged in three separate killings in Regina.
Dillon Ricky Whitehawk is one of three people accused of first-degree murder in the death of 29-year old Keesha Cree Bitternose. She was found dead in a Regina home on Jan. 5.
"Police believe the accused persons here — Dillon Whitehawk, Kelly Stonechild and Curtis Thomas — are associated to or members of a Saskatchewan-based street gang," Supt. Corey Zaharuk, head of Regina police investigative services, said Thursday.
Zaharuk said Bitternose knew the three people accused and her death does not appear to have been related to domestic conflict or intimate-partner violence.
Whitehawk had been arrested last September on weapons charges and had warrants out for his arrest after he failed to show up in court.
He is also charged with first-degree murder in two homicides from late last year.
Jordan Gaiton Denton, a 27-year old man from the Kawacatoose First Nation, was found dead after police were called to a reported shooting Nov. 9.
"A vehicle drove up to him and he was shot," said Zaharuk. "I am not aware of whether or not Jordan and Dillon Whitehawk knew each other; however, police believe this senseless shooting was opportunistic, planned and deliberate."
On Dec. 1, Keenan Scott Toto, 23, was discovered dead in a street after another shooting was reported.
"Again, I am not aware of whether or not Keenan and Dillon Whitehawk knew each other; however, police believe that this senseless shooting was also opportunistic, planned and deliberate."
Zaharuk said information related to motive in both cases would come out in court.
Police don't believe the three homicides are connected other than Whitehawk being accused in all three.
"At this point in these investigations, I believe there are no further connections amongst these three homicides and other recent homicides that have occurred in Regina or elsewhere," Zaharuk said.
"We are constantly monitoring the impact of these homicides beyond that experienced by the friends and family of the victims."
Zaharuk wouldn't name the street gang and said police aren't ready to use the term serial killer.
However, he added, it's rare to have one person charged with multiple murders in the city.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 13, 2020