UPDATE: Accused in Yarrow first degree murder case makes first court appearance
Clayton Warkentin looked sullen, tired, defeated even, at his first appearance in Chilliwack court Monday morning facing first degree murder charges in connection with the death of his mother on Feb. 24.
The 19-year-old wore a black, long-sleeve shirt in the prisoner's box, the word "Family" tattooed on the left side of his neck. He made no eye contact with the group of approximately 10 people who were in the courtroom for his appearance.
Warkentin was arrested without incident on March 4 and charged with the death of a 51-year-old Chilliwack woman who is yet to be named.
A spokesperson for the RCMP's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said the suspect and the victim knew each other, and the incident appears to be domestic in nature, however, no new information will be released since the matter is before the courts.
Individuals familiar with the family and the incident have been posting on social media that the victim was his mother.
Records show the owner of the home where the homicide occurred on Yarrow Central Road was a woman with the last name Warkentin as of 2013. As of Sept. 15, 2015, the ownership changed to a woman with the same first and middle name, but with a different last name.
During the evening of Feb. 24 and early morning hours of Feb. 25, Chilliwack RCMP attended a residence in Yarrow after receiving a request to check the well-being of a woman living at that location. The officer attending the scene located a woman who was deceased.
“Public safety was paramount in this investigation," said IHIT media relations officer Sgt. Stephanie Ashton. "This is a situation where investigators working in partnership with UFVRD RCMP were able to put the pieces together and in just over one week obtain the grounds to make an arrest."
The physically fit Warkentin was active on social media, Instagram and Facebook, up until January mostly posting selfies of his upper body and his tattoos. In addition to the "Family" neck tattoo, Warkentin has "Love It Kill It" tattooed across his chest.
On Jan. 16, 2016, he posted a photo of himself on Instagram with the words: "The single word 'Family' means a lot to me, your born into a family but over the years of your life you meet people and start to care and trust them, they become more then just friends, but become your Family #loveitkillit #TYB #family #tribal #tribaltattoo."
Ten days before that, on Jan. 6, he posted: "Everything was taken from me, my money my health and just who I am, I suffered from depression and wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for the people I have in my life who made me happy, motivated me and got me back on my feet, to all of you I met from the beginning till now I say thank you, you all helped me in your own ways #loveitkillit #TYB."
Warkentin is next due in court for a video appearance on March 15.