Lethbridge murder case profiled on true crime show

Lethbridge Police Sgt. Ryan Stef and his investigation into the murder of 78-year-old Irene Carter will be featured on the hit CBC true crime series, The Detectives.

The episode entitled “Out of Lies” features a dramatic re-enactment of the case and will air Thursday, January 16 on CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service.

Irene Carter was found murdered in her Normandy Road home in 2016. Initially it appeared the grandmother was the victim of a robbery gone wrong, but as the investigation progressed Stef and members of the Violent Crimes Unit began to expose a web of lies that implicated a shocking suspect – the senior’s own daughter. Lisa Freihaut was charged and ultimately plead guilty to second degree murder in 2018. She is currently serving a life sentence.

The Detectives combines a re-enactment of the crime and interviews with Stef to showcase the investigation and the creative techniques police used to uncover the truth. Actor Sasha Roiz plays Stef and Cat Lemieux portrays Freihaut.

Sgt. Ryan Stef has been with the Lethbridge Police Service for 23 years. At the time of the Carter homicide he was a detective in the Violent Crimes Unit. Over the years he has served in various capacities in patrols and as a K9 handler. Currently he’s the Sergeant in charge of the Training Unit.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Sgt. Stef will be available to answer questions about his experience on the show today at 10:30 a.m. at the police station. This will be the only opportunity for on-camera interviews.