Man charged with murder in connection with death of city woman

Lethbridge Regional Police have charged a 40-year-old man with second-degree murder in connection with the death of a 37-year-old woman.

Cynthia Pearl Badarm, of Lethbridge, died Wednesday after being assaulted by a male acquaintance.

On Sept. 17, 2014 at approximately 12:30 p.m. police responded to a report that a male had assaulted Badarm along the 400 block of 5 Street South. Police attended and located the victim with a group of people. While speaking to police Badarm experienced medical distress and an ambulance was called. EMS subsequently transported her to hospital.

Witnesses reported Badarm had been assaulted by a male acquaintance who left the area prior to police arrival. At approximately 12:40 p.m. police located the 40-year-old male subject a short distance away and he was arrested, charged with assault and released.

Later in the afternoon police were notified Badarm had died in hospital. 

Badarm’s body was subsequently transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Calgary and an autopsy was performed Sept. 18. The autopsy determined Badarm died from injuries sustained as a result of blunt force trauma.

Lucien Maurice Crane Chief, 40, of Lethbridge is now charged with second degree murder. A warrant for Crane Chief’s arrest has been issued and anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police 403-328-4444 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.

A photo of Crane Chief is included for release.

**Staff Sgt. Scott Woods will be available for on-camera interviews today at 11 a.m. at the police station. This will be the only opportunity for on-camera interviews.**

Crane Chief


For media inquiries contact

 Staff Sgt. Scott Woods
Criminal Investigation Section
Lethbridge Regional Police Service