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Woman charged in North End murder was on bail for assault

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Police gather evidence in the southwest lane of Redwood Avenue near Salter Street last Friday near the location where Lorie Maureen Bearbull, 37, was stabbed multiple times.


Police gather evidence in the southwest lane of Redwood Avenue near Salter Street last Friday near the location where Lorie Maureen Bearbull, 37, was stabbed multiple times. Photo Store

A young Manitoba woman with a history of mental health concerns and violence faces a second-degree murder charge for the recent stabbing death of Lorie Bearbull a week ago.

Naomi Eda Eve Hunt Ross, 20, was arrested Thursday and accused of second-degree murder in Bearbull’s death. She remains in custody at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.

Bearbull, 37, was walking on Redwood Avenue just after 4 a.m. on July 18 and got involved in an argument with a total stranger, police say.

She was stabbed multiple times and her attacker fled the scene, according to investigators.

Police have not elaborated on what led them to suspect Ross.

She is presumed innocent of the allegations.

Ross was free on bail, on a curfew and was supposed to be living in the northern Manitoba community of Cross Lake at the time of Bearbull’s death,

She was arrested May 30 and charged with assault cause bodily harm, assault with a weapon and escaping lawful custody — a case involving a female victim — court records show.

She spent four days on remand before being granted bail in Thompson court with the consent of Crown prosecutors.

Ross only recently completed a probation order handed to her in June 2012 for attacking her then-girlfriend, also in Cross Lake.

Ross had accused the victim of cheating and punched and kicked her.

Drugs or alcohol did not play a role in the assault.

Prosecutors noted Ross had struggled in the past with harming herself.

"It looks like there have been some mental-health concerns as well," said the Crown.

"She needs some help. Let’s give her some more help," he said in recommending she be placed on supervised probation.

A recommendation that Ross take part in "intense therapy sessions" was not discussed in detail.

Police continue to investigate Bearbull’s stabbing.

Homicide detectives are asking anyone who either witnessed the homicide or has other information to call 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).


Updated on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 12:25 PM CDT: full writethru with new information

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