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Suspect charged in double slaying

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A Regina man has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder five months after a common-law couple was found dead inside a Wolseley-area rooming house.

Jeff Kionke, 44, was arrested in Regina on Feb. 5 by the Regina Police Service after the Winnipeg Police Service issued an arrest warrant following a months-long investigation.

Winnipeg police Const. Eric Hofley said Monday Kionke was transferred back to Winnipeg by homicide detectives and is being held in the Winnipeg Remand Centre.

Unice Ophelia Crow, 19, and Trevor James Sinclair, 31, died of multiple stab wounds to the upper body.

Hofley confirmed police believe Crow and Sinclair died on Aug. 29, 2013, but their bodies weren't discovered in the rooming house in the 200 block of Chestnut Street until Sept. 4.

"He (Kionke) was residing in the residence at the time," Hofley said.

"They were known to each other," the officer added, but said police are still investigating to determine what led to the slayings.

Hofley said Kionke either fled or moved to Regina after the slayings.

Kionke, who has run a painting subcontracting business called Kionke's Painting, was known to police.

Area residents said at the time of the slaying police had been called to the rooming house many times.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 11, 2014 B2

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