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‘Bad Ass’ Barry back in court

‘Bad Ass’ Barry McQuarrie made a brief court appearance on Monday, faced with numerous charges, including first degree murder, in connection with the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend at a Cloverdale townhome.

McQuarrie is also charged with operating a vehicle while disqualified, theft of a motor vehicle, theft over $5,000 and breach of probation.

McQuarrie was captured while hiding in a Langley home owner’s garage after two months of being on the run from police. The home owner did not know McQuarrie.

McQuarrie was arrested by officers of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team along with Langley RCMP, the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team, RCMP helicopter Air One and a police dog team.

He was charged with first degree murder in the May death of Gregory Quesnelle, 32, originally from southern Ontario.

On Monday, May 12, just before midnight, RCMP responded to a report of a man being shot at a home near 176 Street and 57 Avenue.

Quesnelle was found injured in the townhome and was taken to hospital, where he died of his wounds.

Shortly after that, police identified McQuarrie as a suspect. Later a man called CTV News claiming to be McQuarrie.

He denied killing Quesnelle, but admitted they were at odds over a woman and he had pepper sprayed his rival in self-defence days before the murder.

“I didn’t go back and kill him,” the man said.

“I just want them [the police] to know I’m not armed and dangerous. I’m not trying to hurt anyone. I’m just trying to stay out of jail.”

He said he planned on keeping his freedom as long as possible.

“I want to enjoy as much of the summer as I possibly can,” the man said.

“When the time comes after the summer, maybe I’ll hand myself in. Maybe.”

Police confirmed through surveillance footage, that he made the call from a pay phone in Aldergrove.

Court records show he has a number aliases, including Nicholas Randell McQuarrie, Richard Laary, Barry Bayer, Bad Ass Barry, and just Badass.

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