Man charged with manslaughter in stabbing death near Rocky Mountain House

A Rocky Mountain House area man has been charged with manslaughter.

A Rocky Mountain House area man has been charged with manslaughter.

Michael Thivierge, 54, of Rocky returns to Rocky provincial court on Wednesday to enter a plea.

Thivierge was charged Thursday by RCMP following an autopsy in Calgary that confirmed Chester Shearer, 64, also of the Rocky area, had been stabbed to death.

Thivierge, who appeared in Red Deer provincial court on Friday, was dishevelled and nodded off several times while sitting in the prisoner docket waiting for his matter to be dealt with. He remains in custody.

The accused was in Red Deer court because Rocky court doesn’t sit on Fridays. His future appearances will be in Rocky court.

Rocky RCMP said earlier they responded to a stabbing at a rural residence near the town on Wednesday morning.

The incident occurred at approximately 3 a.m. on Hwy 752, near Cow Lake, about 15 km southwest of Rocky.

Sgt. Chris Matechuk of Rocky RCMP confirmed that a male was been taken into custody and that the detained man knew the victim.

RCMP forensic identification section and the major crimes unit assisted Matechuk’s detachment with the investigation, he said.