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Family shocked man charged in 2012 death

Woman died after being injected with drug

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BRANDON -- Chantelle Marie Halcro came to Brandon to escape a troubled life, but tragedy struck. Sixteen months later, her family is surprised to learn a man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with her death.

On Thursday, Brandon police announced the arrest of a man in connection with the death of 25-year-old Halcro, whose body was found in her Rosser Avenue apartment July 31, 2012.

Rik Halcro said his sister was kind and tried to have a positive outlook even though life wasn't always kind to her.

"She didn't have the best hand dealt to her since the day she was born, but even though that happened, she tried to make the best out of life," halcro said.

A post-mortem confirmed his sister's death was drug-related.

Police say a man and Halcro were doing drugs when the man injected Halcro with hydromorphone.

Police allege that led to Halcro's death.

A source said there's no evidence to indicate Halcro didn't consent to the injection.

The matter was referred to the Brandon Crown attorney to decide whether charges should be laid.

Halcro was born and raised in Winnipeg.

Her funeral was held in Winnipeg on Aug. 10, 2012, and family members had attributed her death to misadventure.

Halcro said his sister's death, and the news someone has been charged, has hit him hard.

The family faces the uncertainty that surrounds the outcome of the court case.

Halcro said he's surprised by the report that his sister died of an overdose after allegedly being injected with hydromorphone.

It's not a drug she was known to take, he said.

His sister liked marijuana and other recreational drugs and tried cocaine.

Halcro hadn't known her to take harder drugs.

"I don't even know if she knew how to take a needle," he said.

Hydromorphone is a painkiller, a derivative of morphine, and is widely known by the brand name, Dilaudid.

The drug comes in a variety of forms, including pills and capsules.

Drug users have been known to crush pills, and "cook" the drug into injectable form.

The effect of injecting the drug is said to be similar to heroin.

Donald Bustard, 52, is charged with manslaughter and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

None of the allegations has been proven in court.

He's in custody and his next court date is on Thursday.


-- Brandon Sun

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 2, 2013 A4

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