WINNIPEG - Three people are accused of beating a woman so badly that she died and then putting her body in a barrel with chemicals.

Police say Jennifer Barrett, 42, shared a house with the accused in the Waverly Heights neighbourhood of Winnipeg.

They say Barrett died in August after she was beaten for several days, then her body was put in a barrel with several chemicals that hastened decomposition.

Perez Adaryll Cleveland, 43, who was in custody at Headingley prison, is charged with first-degree murder.

Jessica Elizabeth Reid, 34, of Winnipeg, and Holley Alyssa Sullivan, 28 of Calgary, are both charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

Cleveland was arrested in December and held in custody on 53 charges including 15 counts of assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, and forcible confinement.