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Two men arrested in Okanagan for homicide in Clinton

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May 15, 2016 - 9:30 AM

CLINTON – Two men have been taken into custody in connection with the killing of a Clinton man almost two years ago.

James Painter, 61, of Clinton was found dead in his mobile home in Clinton, about 120 kilometres northwest of Kamloops, on Sept. 11, 2014.

His death was ruled a homicide by the B.C. Coroners Service, but RCMP haven’t said how he died, only that he did not die naturally and it was not a random killing.

RCMP say Kodi Robert Tower, 27, and Wyatt Lee Boffa, 26, were arrested on Friday, May 13 in a “coordinated operation” by officers with the Southeast District Major Crime Unit. Tower was arrested in Kelowna and Boffa was taken into custody in Grindrod.

Both men have been remanded in custody and will appear in Kelowna Provincial Court tomorrow, May 16, charged with one count each of manslaughter.

The investigation into the case continues and police would like to talk with anyone who has information about Painter’s death. You can call Corp. Joe Houben at 250-469-7819 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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