A man has admitted to killing a 41-year-old woman three years ago and dumping her body in some bushes in North Surrey.
Dustin Lee Lalonde pleaded guilty in court Thursday (March 28) to second-degree murder in the death of Teri-Lyn Williams.
Williams’ body was found near 104A Avenue and 136 Street on June 9, 2010.
Williams, who sometimes went by the first name Toni, was a known sex-trade worker, according to police. She was relatively unknown in Surrey, as she was from Calgary and split her time between B.C. and Alberta.
Police said Lalonde, 32, was from the Okanagan when he surfaced as a suspect. He was charged 15 months after the murder, in September 2011.
Lalonde was expected to plead guilty in February, but the court proceeding was delayed after his lawyer said he had recently resumed taking his anti-psychosis medication and was suffering from some confusion.
At the time of her murder, friends said Williams was a bodybuilder who once ran a one-woman cleaning company. But they said her life fell apart about a year before her death when she drifted into debt, drug use and prostitution. Police never revealed how she died.
Lalonde’s sentencing is scheduled for May 31 in New Westminster Supreme Court.