One of the men convicted of killing High River's Debbie Stevens and Okotoks Laurie Boyd in the early 1980's is back up for parole again Friday, November 16.

James Edward Peters and Robert Edward Brown were both convicted in 1983 of abducting, raping, killing and burning the bodies of the pair about seven weeks apart in December of 1981 and January of 1982.

Former Reform Party MP Art Hanger and Laurie Boyd's Mother, Darlene Boyd, will travel to New Brunswick for Peters' parole hearing Friday.

Hanger says the killings shocked residents of both towns.

"It put a huge edge on everyone, and not only in High River but Okotoks and even parts of Calgary, knowing that two young ladies were abducted, one with a screw driver jammed in her neck to comply. And then raped, beaten to death and thrown in a field, both of them, and then burned."

Brown, who was originally from Quebec, but had been living in Blackie with his wife and children, committed suicide in jail.

While Peters, who is now 66 years old, has, according to Hanger never shown remorse for the killings.

Stevens, who was killed on December 11, 1981 was on her way home to High River when her car ran out of gas coming back from a Christmas Party in Calgary.

She was sexually attacked by both men, and then killed when she was struck in the back of her head with a tire iron.

Her body was dumped near a creek, with both men returning four days later to burn the body to destroy the evidence.

Boyd was kidnapped from her job at the Red Rooster in Okotoks on January 30, 1982.

She was driven to a field, sexually assaulted and stabbed repeatedly with a screwdriver.

During proceedings at their 1983 trial, testimony showed Peters set her body on fire while Brown lit a cigarette.

 

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