After an 11-month joint investigation by the Calgary Police Service and Saskatoon Police Service Homicide Units, police have charged two local men with the 2004 murder of a Saskatchewan man.
On Thursday, April 15, 2004, Isho Hana was chased down and shot in the middle of a street in the 2000 block of Preston Avenue South in Saskatoon, SK. Several people witnessed or heard parts of the event.
The murder was characterized by the investigators in Saskatchewan as a “contract killing.” Investigators believe Hana’s murder occurred as a result of an escalating drug turf dispute that was going on in Saskatoon at the time.
At the time of his death, Hana was married and the father of two daughters.
Police have now charged Neil Lee Yakimchuk, 31, and Kennith Jacob Tingle, 31, both of Calgary, with one count each of first-degree murder in connection with HANA’s death.
The investigation is ongoing, with investigators continuing to gather evidence against others who played a role in this crime.
Yakimchuk and Tingle were charged in March 2011, by the CPS Homicide Unit for the first-degree murder of Juan Carlos Dequina. Dequina was killed on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008. Both men are currently at the Calgary Remand Center awaiting their next court appearance scheduled for February 2012.
The Hana investigation was a cold case homicide for the Saskatoon Police Service, until CPS detectives learned significant new information during the course of the Dequina murder investigation. A group of suspects for the Hana murder, including Yakimchuk and Tingle, were identified during the Dequina investigation.