02/09/2005 12:00AM

Agent held in murder case

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A jockey agent was arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Burnaby, British Columbia, and charged with two counts of first-degree murder last Friday. The police allege that the agent, Michael Joseph Wilson, murdered both trainer Glen Martin and Martin's friend Julie Smith more than two years ago.

The bodies of Martin, 48, and Smith, 33, were discovered in the trunk of Smith's car on Nov. 26, 2002. The car had been abandoned on the shoulder of the Trans-Canada Highway in Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver. According to Corporal Pierre Lemaitre of the mounted police, investigators believe Martin and Smith were murdered in a home in nearby Maple Ridge and then left on the side of the road in Smith's car. The investigation is still ongoing, and Lemaitre said that more arrests were likely. He also said that the police are asking for assistance from a motorist who stopped and gave Wilson a ride to a nearby gas station. Lemaitre called that motorist "innocent" in the affair.

Martin, who trained horses for 505 Farms, was the son of local Hall of Fame trainer Sid Martin.

Wilson, 27, was an agent for jockey Robert May at Hastings in 2004.