Alleged drunk driver accused of killing couple in Lark Harbour released to return to Alberta

The man accused of driving drunk and killing a husband and wife in Lark Harbour, on Newfoundland’s west coast, on Boxing Day has been released. 

Walter Alfred Joyce, 45, was released in a Corner Brook courtroom on Wednesday morning.

He may return back to Alberta until his next court appearance on Jan. 17. 

The small community of Lark Harbour, with roughly 500 residents, is reeling from the deaths. 

Police confirmed Joyce had family connections with Merle and Marilyn Sheppard, the couple he allegedly killed. 

CBC News has learned he is the brother-in-law of Marilyn Sheppard. 

Joyce, who goes by his middle name Alfred, lives and works in Fort McMurray, Alta., but had returned to Lark Harbour to visit family for Christmas. 

He is charged with impaired driving causing the deaths of Marilyn Sheppard, 51, and Merle Sheppard, 59, with a blood alcohol level over…

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