Dillon Ricky Whitehawk, a violent young man already subject to a Firearm Prohibition Order, is charged with first degree murder in the killings of Jordan Denton in November 2019, Keenan Toto in December 2019 and Keesha Cree Alexandra Bitternose in January 2020.
He enlisted the aid of fellow gang members Kurtis Clayton and Kelly Renee Stonechild to murder Bitternose. They also face first degree murder charges for her death.
“Our police service is constantly focused on individuals who are seriously compromising public safety, and it’s clear that Dillon Whitehawk was not the only one, but one of a handful, that we were aware of and we were trying our best to stay on top of him,” said Regina police Supt. Corey Zaharuk.
Whitehawk was a known threat to public safety. He had a Firearm Prohibition Order against him and one of his conditions of release for previous crimes was he not be in Regina.
Like his Firearm Prohibition Order, the court order to stay out of Regina was useless.
Now three people are dead because our government refuses to check on and track these proven, repeat violent offenders.
On January 4, 2020, the day before Bitternose’s body was found, Crown laid the following charges against Dillon Ricky Whitehawk:
- Possession of a weapon
- Careless use of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition
- Possession of a firearm
- Possession of prohibited/restricted weapon
- Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition
- Possession of a firearm, prohibited or restricted weapon obtained by crime
- Possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order
- Two counts of failure to comply with condition of a release order
Minister Bill Blair, when will you give police the tools to keep proper tabs on violent repeat offenders like Dillon Ricky Whitehawk?
When will you pass legislation to stop more murders like those of Jordan Denton, Keenan Toto and Keesha Bitternose?
Why do you refuse to introduce legislation to check on and track violent offenders with Firearm Prohibition Orders against them?
Minister Bill Blair, how many more people must die before you will fix the failed Firearm Prohibition Order system?
CBC compiled the following timeline of Whitehawk’s arrests and the murders in Regina.
- Sept. 19, 2019: Regina police arrested Whitehawk during a traffic stop for allegedly having had unauthorized firearms and other weapons.
- Oct. 31, 2019: Warrants are issued for Whitehawk’s arrest after he fails to attend a scheduled court appearance.
- Nov. 9, 2019: Regina police are called to the 800 block of Robinson Street at about 3:25 a.m. CST for a report of a shooting. When police and paramedics arrive four minutes later, they find 27-year-old Jordan Denton dead. Police now believe a vehicle drove up to him and he was shot. The police service says it does not know if the accused and Denton knew each other. They allege the shooting was “opportunistic, planned and deliberate.”
- Dec. 1, 2019: Police are called to the 1200 block of Queen Street for a reported shooting at about 3:52 a.m. Police and paramedics arrive three minutes later and find 23-year-old Keenan Toto dead. Police now believe he was shot as a vehicle drove up to him. The police service says it does not know if the accused and Denton knew each other. They allege the shooting was “opportunistic, planned and deliberate.”
- Dec. 2, 2019: Members of the police canine unit recognize Whitehawk and arrest him because he is wanted on outstanding warrants for missing the Oct. 31 court appearance. He is held in custody.
- Dec. 11, 2019: Whitehawk is released on bail with conditions including that he not live in or be in the city of Regina.
- Jan. 2, 2020: Keesha Cree Alexandra Bitternose, 29, is believed to have been killed in the house on Cameron Street on this day. Police believe she knew the three accused, and that her death does not appear to be related to domestic conflict or intimate partner violence.
- Jan. 4, 2020: Whitehawk is arrested again after police learn he is back in Regina. Whitehawk was arrested at a convenience store and charged with resisting arrest, possession of a concealed weapon, breaching his conditions, careless use of a firearm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, along with other firearm-related offences in relation to an incident that occurred in Regina on Jan. 3.
- Jan. 5, 2020: Officers receive a report of an unresponsive person on the 1500 block of Cameron Street at about 10:53 p.m. Police find Bittnernose’
- s body inside the home.
- Feb. 11, 2020: Kelly Renee Stonechild, 26, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with Bitternose’s death.
- Feb. 13, 2020: Police announce first-degree murder charges against Dillon Whitehawk and 20-year-old Kurtis Clayton of Saskatoon in connection with the death of Bitternose. Whitehawk is also charged with first-degree murder over the deaths of Denton and Toto.