Crown stays identity theft charges against suspect in missing family case
CALGARY — The Crown has stayed identity theft charges against a man accused of murder in the deaths of a five-year-old Calgary boy and his grandparents.
Douglas Garland was initially charged with identity theft in a matter unrelated to the disappearance of Nathan O’Brien and Alvin and Kathy Liknes in June.
Garland had lived for several years in Vancouver using the identity of a dead person and police alleged he was using that identity again when they brought him in for questioning in the missing persons case.
He was later charged with two-counts of first-degree murder and one charge of second-degree murder.
The bodies of Nathan and his grandparents have not been found.
Garland, who is 54, is scheduled to return to court next week on the murder charges.
A stay means charges can be activated any time within a year if new evidence arises.