Dylan Howard, 22, has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for the killing of Fazal Rehman.
In the fall of 2017, Howard, age 20 at the time, resided on a rural property near the village of Munson.
This property was owned by Howard’s family where Howard worked on the family farm.
Rehman, 36, resided in Calgary and had previously worked for his family’s business there.
It was not known if he was working in October 2017.
He was also known to sell Methamphetamine (Meth). The Agreed Statement of Facts said,
“It seems that both Howard and Rehman came from basically good working families but that they each fell into the dark world of use, abuse and distribution of Methamphetamine.”
Howard first met Rehman through a mutual female acquaintance.
She can not be named as she is a youth who is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Her trial date is set for March 31, 2020 in Drumheller.
In October 2017, Howard had a Glock 23 handgun he wished to sell.
The female acquaintance contacted Rehman, confirmed that he was interested in the gun and so she set up a meeting with Rehman at a rural location near Morrin, Alta.
The youth got into Rehman’s car and was given some meth.
They then drove to a different location where they met with Howard.
Rehman transferred some funds to Howard and then Howard gave Rehman the Glock in return.
After Rehman left, Howard and the female youth returned to town when she told Howard that Rehman had sexually assaulted her during their earlier meeting.
Howard became very upset about this.
Approximately two weeks later, Howard and Rehman arranged to meet near Beiseker, Alta. for another illegal exchange of rifles for a half-pound of Meth.
Howard, still upset about the youth’s comment of being sexually assaulted, developed a plan to kill Rehman to avenge her.
Another meeting was set up for Howard to buy Meth from Rehman at a rural location near Morrin.
Howard obtained a 7mm rifle from a relative of the youth.
He went to the rural meeting with the rifle in tow as well as a knife that he owned and a can of gasoline from his family’s farm.
Rehman attended the rural location as planned and was driving towards Howard.
Howard opened the truck door, leaned his rifle between the door and the truck frame and fired a shot at Rehman’s windshield.
The bullet entered the underside of Rehman’s chin, proceeded through the neck and into the right upper arm region.
Glass fragments from the windshield pierced his chest in multiple locations.
Rehman’s vehicle came to a stop.
He exited the vehicle where Howard took a second shot.
This bullet entered the victim’s rear upper back, and proceeded through the right chest cavity, exiting the upper anterior right chest region. He fell to the ground.
Howard then approached Rehman, using his knife to stab at Rehman’s right upper chest or neck region.
Rehman died as a result of gunshot wounds and the stabbing.
When the job was done, Howard poured gas on the car and on Rehman’s dead body, setting them on fire.
“Howard’s thinking throughout this matter was affected by significant consumption of methamphetamine and some underlying mental illness but at the time of the killing he was not suffering from a mental disorder that rendered him incapable of appreciating the nature and quality of the act or of knowing that it was wrong,” said the statement.
Howard signed the Agreed Statement of Facts, understanding the consequences of the plea in that the killing of the Calgary man was premeditated.
Howard will be imprisoned for life without eligibility for parole until he has served 25 years for the sentence.