Mother of accused charged as accessory in 2017 murder of B.C. woman

SURREY, B.C. — The mother of a man accused of the second-degree murder of a British Columbia woman has been charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

Cpl Frank Jang, with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, says 53-year-old Manjit Kaur Deo is the second person to be charged after the Kiran Dhesi's body was found in a burned out vehicle almost two years ago.

The charge comes barely a week after police announced a second-degree murder charge had been laid against Deo's son, 21-year-old Harjot Singh Deo, who was Dhesi's boyfriend.

Dhesi, a 19-year-old student Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, was found dead on Aug. 1, 2017, and investigators have said her murder was likely targeted but not gang related.

In a news conference last Monday, Supt. Donna Richardson, said Harjot Deo was in a romantic relationship with Dhesi and was arrested by police when he landed at Vancouver's airport on May 10.

Richardson also said other people have ``intimate knowledge'' about the murder of Dhesi and police wanted them to come forward.

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