Court documents reveal more details about 2017 homicides of Barry and Honey Sherman
As the calendar flipped to 2021, the police investigation into the deaths of Canadian billionaire philanthropists Honey and Barry Sherman entered its fourth year.
The double homicide remains unsolved, but court documents recently made public following a court challenge by The Toronto Star reveal more details about the discovery of the couple's bodies in December 2017, and that their son Jonathon told police the Shermans had enemies.
Toronto police have said they have a number of people who they consider persons of interest and, in a statement to CBC News, insist the case hasn't gone cold.
"The investigative team has had a high level of co-operation throughout this very active and ongoing investigation and investigative steps are being taken every single day," according to Toronto Police spokesperson Connie Osborne.
"We are committed to bringing closure and justice to the family and the community."
Barry Sherman, 75, the founder and chairman of the board of generic drug giant Apotex, and his 70-year-old wife, Honey, were found dead in the basement pool area of their home on Old Colony Rd. in Toronto's North York neighbourhood on Dec. 15, 2017.
Their bodies sat side by side, legs outstretched with belts looped around their necks and attached to a pool railing.
The causes of death were determined to be ligature neck compressions, a type of strangulation.
What court documents reveal
It's been more than a year since the police provided a formal update about their investigation to the public, but more than 300 pages of recently released court documents help paint a picture of what's been going on behind the scenes.
The four court documents are known as information to obtain submissions, or ITOs, which police present to a court to secure search warrants.
The ITOs show police have obtained warrants to search the Shermans' phone, bank and health information, as well as computers found in their home and Barry Sherman's office and lab at Apotex.
The latest ITO, from February 2018, reveals police were investigating possible financial motives for the double homicide.