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Police name victim and suspect in city's 12th homicide of 2012

Posted: 04/15/2012 1:00 AM


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WINNIPEG police have identified the city's 12th homicide victim as 33-year-old Michael Charles Parker.

Shane Kenneth Pruden, 40, has been charged with second-degree murder.

While officers found Parker outside a residence on Notre Dame Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Thursday night, Const. Robert Carver said Saturday investigators have concluded the victim suffered his fatal injuries in the parking lot of the Thriftlodge -- formerly the Canadiana hotel -- on Notre Dame.

Because police are still interviewing witnesses, they are not disclosing the nature of Parker's injuries, and are not saying whether a weapon was involved.

"It does not appear robbery was the motive," Carver told reporters. "The victim and the accused were not known to each other and had not interacted before the assault," Carver said.

Police are not yet saying anything about a possible motive, nor are they saying whether there were surveillance cameras in the hotel parking lot.

Police arrested Pruden Friday afternoon, said Carver, who would not disclose what led police to the suspect.

"It doesn't look like either had been ejected from the hotel," Carver said.

Police are not disclosing what information they have about the movements of the two men that evening and are not saying whether either or both are regulars at the hotel's bar.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 15, 2012 A3

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