Halifax Police tight-lipped on Sudds

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Matthew Thomas Sudds

METRO HALIFAX

Police in Halifax are giving few details about what led them to arrest and then release two people in connection with the shooting death of Matthew Thomas Sudds last week.

A 29-year-old Halifax man and 23-year-old Halifax woman now living in Ontario were arrested Friday and released Saturday because there was not enough evidence to press charges, said police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages.

“We need probable and reasonable grounds to proceed to an arrest, but there’s a threshold that’s even higher to be able to lay charges,” Bourdage said Monday.

“In this case that threshold was not there.”

Bourdages would not comment on whether the pair remain suspects in the case, but said the investigation is continuing.

Police found Sudds’ body in a ditch on Africville Road on Oct. 14, 2013. Investigators say he was shot and killed there on the evening of Oct. 10, shortly after he was seen by friends.

In early March, police issued a public appeal for help from anyone who saw a black Dodge Charger with out-of-province plates on Africville Road after 6 p.m. on Oct. 14.

In April, the Department of Justice added the case to its provincial rewards program, with anyone who provides information to police that led to an arrest or conviction receiving up to $150,000.

“Any murder is of great concern to us,” said Bourdages.

Sudds had criminal convictions dating back to February of 2008 for drug possession and trafficking, liquor possession, breaching court conditions and uttering threats. His most recent conviction was in September, when he was fined for drug possession.

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