Third suspect in murder arrested

A third suspect has been arrested in the murder of Branson Sanders, whose badly burned body was found in bushes last December.

A third suspect has been arrested in the murder of Branson Sanders, whose badly burned body was found in bushes off Fareham Avenue and Elwell Street

A 16 year old male who cannot be identified has been charged with first degree murder and being an accessory after the fact to murder.

In March Burnaby resident Shakib Shakib, 19, and a Surrey man, Brandon Nandan, also 19 were charged with second degree murder in connection with Sanders’ death. Those charges have been raised to first degree murder. They also face additional charges of indignity to a human body.

“Homicide investigations are very dynamic in nature, and evidence can be gathered for a long period of time after the crime,” said Sgt. Jennifer Pound of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team. “A homicide investigation does not necessarily end because somebody is in custody.”

Shakib is still in custody, while Nandan is out on bail.

Police believe Sanders was killed at a home in the 18000 block of 55 Avenue in Surrey before his body was dumped adjacent to Robert Burnaby Park.

 

Surrey North Delta Leader