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BREAKING NEWS: Arrest made in Orillia homicide

Police charge Wasaga Beach man with first-degree murder in relation to July incident
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On Friday, July 19, 2019, at approximately 5:50 a.m., the Orillia detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), along with County of Simcoe Paramedic Services and the Orillia Fire Department, responded to a report of an injured person outside a Davey Street residence in the City of Orillia.

Officers responded to the scene where a female victim was located. She was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.

An investigation into this death was undertaken by the Orillia OPP Crime Unit and Central Region Forensic Identification Services, under the direction of Det.-Insp. Chris Landry of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch.

On Dec. 17, 2019, after a thorough investigation, Robert Sampson, 55, of Wasaga Beach, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder contrary to Section 235(1) of the Criminal Code.

The accused is being held in custody and is scheduled to appear the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on Dec. 18, 2019, for a bail hearing.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). You can submit your information online at if you have any information on this crime or any other crime. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.