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Steven Skinner arrives in Halifax after extradition from Venezuela in Stacey Adams homicide

Skinner arrived in Halifax on Saturday from the South American country, where he was arrested last year.
Steven Douglas Skinner faces a charge of second-degree murder in the 2011 killing of Stacey Jordan Adams in Lake Echo. (Handout)

A Nova Scotia man arrested in Venezuela last year in connection with a 2011 homicide in Lake Echo is back on Canadian soil.

Steven Douglas Skinner, 44, arrived in Halifax on Saturday after being extradited from the South American country, where he was arrested in May 2016.

Halifax Regional Police had issued a warrant for Skinner in July 2011 after 20-year-old Stacey Jordan Adams was found shot to death at a Lake Echo home in April of that year.

The body of Adams, of Dartmouth, was discovered in a car parked outside a house on Shadewell Lane, near Mineville Road.

A Venezuelan police official who posted news of Skinner's arrest on social media last year said in the post that Skinner was carrying a fake Venezuelan identity card when he was arrested on a beach on Margarita Island, off northeastern coast of Venezuela.

In 2015, Brittany Leigh Derbyshire, 29, of Fletchers Lake, was acquitted in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on a charge of being an accessory to Adams’ murder after the fact.

She was accused of helping Skinner get away and of concealing and destroying evidence, but the judge hearing the case ruled her confession to two undercover RCMP officers posing as outlaw motorcycle gang members was inadmissible at trial.

The Crown appealed that decision unsuccessfully to Nova Scotia Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an application from the province seeking leave to appeal that ruling.

In addition to a second-degree murder charge in the death of Adams, Skinner also faces charges of aggravated assault, forcible confinement, assault with a weapon, uttering threats and possession of weapon for a dangerous purpose in relation to an incident in Lower Sackville on July 22, 2009. He was arrested in Ontario in July 2009 on those charges and returned to Nova Scotia, and later released from custody.

Skinner is scheduled to appear in Dartmouth provincial court Monday.

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