HALIFAX – It was a ‘bittersweet’ moment for Stacey Adams’ family as the man accused of killing the 20-year-old appeared in Dartmouth Provincial Court Monday morning after being extradited back from Venezuela on Saturday.
Forty-four-year-old Steven Skinner, of Cole Harbour, was returned to Halifax to face a charge of second-degree murder after he was arrested in Venezuela on an international arrest warrant in May 2016.
A warrant for Skinner’s arrest was issued shortly after Adams was found dead in a home in Lake Echo in april 2011.
RCMP say they were were with Venezuelan authorities for the past year to extradite the former MMA fighter back to the province.
Stacey’s mother Gloria Adams says the last six years have been hard on her and her family.
“When something like this happens to a mom, you get thrown into a world that you didn’t know exists,” said Adams. “I went into a rage that I never thought, as a human being and as a mother, that I was capable of having.”
Kendelle Blois is a friend of the victim’s family and told NEWS 95.7 the family is hopeful Skinner will be convicted of his alleged crimes.
“We hope that he is found guilty of his second degree murder charge and hopefully he spends the rest of his life in prison,” said Blois.
Skinner also faces charges of aggravated assault, forcible confinement and weapons charges in relation to a 2009 incident in Lower Sackville.
He is due back in court next month.