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Man rearrested, charged with second-degree murder

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A young Winnipeg man faces a second-degree murder charge after a man who was stabbed and critically injured at a weekend party died in hospital.

Jordan Munroe was rearrested by police in custody Wednesday and accused in the Feb. 8 death of Marcus Neil Blacksmith, 19.

Police previously charged Munroe with attempted murder and aggravated assault after Blacksmith was allegedly attacked at a gathering in Elmwood.

Police said this week two men were socializing inside the residence in the 100 block of Noble Avenue when they began to argue.

The suspect left the residence after being told to leave. He was allowed back inside a few minutes later to get his coat and the argument resumed.

The suspect then allegedly used a knife to stab the victim several times. Blacksmith was rushed to hospital in critical condition.

Just a few months ago, Munroe was handed 30 days in jail for possession of a steak knife for a dangerous purpose stemming from a March 2013 incident in which he was initially accused of assault with a weapon.

The Crown's case collapsed after witnesses couldn't be located to come to court, Judge John Guy was told on Sept. 10.

Munroe has struggled with an addiction to alcohol since his teens after starting to drink at age 11, Guy was told.

He lived in Grand Rapids until age six, when it was deemed better for him to move to Winnipeg and live with his grandmother.

Munroe is presumed innocent of the murder charge he faces.

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