Ont. man charged with killing parents

Paul Morden, Jennifer Bieman and Neil Bowen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:52 PM ET

WATFORD, Ont. – A local man is charged with two counts of first-degree murder after the bodies of his parents were found – the mother at home and the father inside his pickup truck in a downtown London, Ont., parking lot 60 km away.

Their son, Jeremy Gubbels, 26, of London, is in charged with first-degree murder in the deaths.

Only a few years ago, the couple stood by their son -- who'd battled drug addiction -- after he ransacked their home near Watford, Ont., in Warwick Township.

Monday night, Ontario Provincial Police confirmed the victims were Susan Gubbels, 55, and her husband Mario, 54. Both were active community members who'd lived in the brick bungalow along a quiet rural road for at least 15 years.

Their daughter, Amanda, is the deputy adminstrator of Warwick Township.

Jeremy Gubbels is expected to to make a video court appearance Wednesday.

Court documents filed in Sarnia, Ont., late Monday outline the two charges of first-degree murder in the death of the parents and list the time of the crimes between July 11 and 13.

"The whole Warwick-Watford community is in shock right now," said Warwick Township Mayor Todd Case. "We're just waiting to hear more details as they come out."

What police would confirm Monday is that they were called to the one-hectare home on Arkona Rd. south of Highway 402 and discovered a woman's body at about 9 p.m. Sunday.

Understanding that the suspect had ties to London, police were contacted and a man's body was found at about 10:45 p.m., inside a pickup truck parked in a lot at Carling and Richmond streets.

A suspect was arrested by London police at 11 p.m.

As news of the homicides filtered throughout the Warwick Twp. community, people who knew the Gubbels said they were a community-minded, Rotarians and well-respected.

John Peters, who has a farm directly across from the victims’ home said he had driven by the home on his tractor at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. while retrieving. Nothing seemed amiss.

"There was no activity that I noticed.... now we have two dead people," he said.

By 10 p.m., it was "a big, big crime scene."

"There was a ton of cops," he said.

Peters said he went over to the house at about 10:30 p.m. and spoke to the couple's daughter.

"She's hysterical," he said. "She stuck her head in the house and there was blood everywhere."

"She's traumatized like hell."

Jeremy, he said, had worked for him a few times and described him as both "a big teddy bear" and "a troubled kid."

"He's got issues. I know he's got issues. He never hurt me, but everyone who knows him around here has got a story about Jeremy."

Sue Gubbels is a well-known employee of the Bank of Montreal both in Strathroy, Ont., and Watford, Ont. Mario Gubbels worked for a Strathroy factory, but in recent months was employed by a local farmer.

-- With files by Barbara Simpson, Jennifer Bieman and Megan Stacey


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