Charges laid in double homicide investigation

By Angelica Ingram

Published July 17 2018

Three residents of St. Catharines have been charged in relation to the homicide of Deidra Ann Smith and Ghislain (Justin) Robichaud whose remains were found in Highlands East earlier this year.

According to a news release issued by the OPP investigators from the Haliburton Highlands OPP Crime Unit with assistance from the OPP Central and West Region Crime Units arrested three people on July 10. They were remanded into custody and were scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines on July 11.

Jesse James Wallace 36 and Lindsay Elisabeth Luise Ainsworth 37 were both charged with two counts of second degree murder and two counts of indignity to human remains according to the OPP.

Thirty-six-year-old Alexis Adele Yorke is being charged with two counts of accessory after the fact to murder.

The remains of Smith 35 and Robichaud 34 were found in Highlands East on Jan. 21 in the area of Glamor Lake Road. OPP confirmed at that time the individuals were victims of foul play.

It is not clear if the victims were known to each other or where the foul play occurred.

According to an earlier news release from the OPP a search was conducted at a St. Catharines residence on Feb. 21 in relation to the investigation. A vehicle was also seized for forensic examination.

OPP are looking for any information or tips the public might have in regards to the investigation. Anyone having information on this incident is asked to contact the tip line at 1-844-677-5010 or the Haliburton Highlands OPP at 705-286-1431. If you wish to remain anonymous you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit your information online at

With files from Sue Tiffin