Wentworth appears in court following homicide charges

Michael Wentworth (AKA Michael Verney) being taken into court on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Photo by Cris Vilela.

The man allegedly behind three homicides who was arrested after a series of raids carried out earlier this year appeared in court today for a bail hearing.

Michael Wentworth appeared in bail court by video at 1:47 p.m. on Thursday, Jul. 25, 2019.

The court stated that Wentworth was “not eligible for bail given the nature of the charges.”

Wentworth’s lawyer stated that they were waiting for further disclosure. Wentworth will be making another video appearance in court in early August.

After being charged on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 in connection with three homicides between 1995 and 2001, the 65-year-old Kingston man is being held in custody.

Wentworth’s most recent alleged victim was 47-year old Stephen St-Denis, who was found deceased in a house fire on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001.

Wentworth is allegedly also responsible for two homicides in November 1995 — 92-year old Henrietta Knight died of injuries sustained during a violent break and enter, and, after his disappearance, 30-year old Richard Kimball was later determined by police to have been murdered.

Wentworth’s former wife, Sandra Carr, also faces charges of being party to Kimball’s murder, and obstruction of justice.

In addition to the three homicides, Wentworth is also facing charges for a brazen armed robbery of a Kingston TD bank branch on Tuesday, Jul. 4, 1995 and an explosive device detonated in a residential area of Toronto in 2000.

An involved investigation over the 24 years since Knight’s death culminated in an elaborate operation and raid of two Kingston properties. Wentworth and Carr were arrested on Thursday, February 14, 2019 after a police raid of Wentworth’s formerly owned property on Middle road and the property on Cottage Farms road belonging to Carr.

The charges faced by Wentworth are as follows:

  • First degree murder of Henrietta Knight
  • First degree murder of Richard Kimball
  • First degree murder of Stephen St-Denis
  • Armed robbery
  • Disguise with intent
  • Hostage taking using a firearm
  • Possession of an explosive device
  • Endangering life by planting an explosive device
  • Intentional and reckless cause of damage by explosion

Police stated that they would like to hear from anyone with any information that may help in the investigation.

“We are open to exploring any and all additional matters that could be related to these incidents,” said OPP Criminal Investigation Det. Inspector Jim Gorry. “There is a good potential for (Wentworth) to have been involved in other serious crimes of these matters, and that’s why our investigation will be continuing beyond this date.”

Any person with information regarding the investigation is requested to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Kingston Police at 613-549-4660. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where informants may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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