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Derik Lord denied parole for eighth time

Mar 29 2012

Derik Lord, the man convicted of killing two women for the inheritance money, has been denied parole for the eighth time.

The Parole Board of Canada ruled that Lord continues to pose a risk to reoffend and refuses to accept responsibility for the killings.

Lord was convicted in 1990 of killing Sharon Huenemann and Doris Leatherbarrow.

Lord and David Muir, both 17 at the time, killed the two women after their Mount Douglas Secondary school classmate, Darren Huenemann, promised them part of the $4-million inheritance he would collect after his mother and grandmother were dead.

Huenemann, then 18, sent Lord and Muir to Leatherbarrow's home in Tsawwassen where they slit the women's throats in the kitchen.

All three were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Lord, now 38, has steadfastly professed his innocence, which parole board members said is a roadblock in his recovery.

The parole board said after 18 years, Lord refuses to establish a positive relationship with his case management team and has “been unwilling to deal with the issues that led to your violent behaviour.”

Muir, the only one to admit his role in the killings, has been on full parole since 2003.

Huenemann tried to escape from prison in 1995 and is not eligible for parole until November 2012.