Dean Pritchard

Dean Pritchard

Courts reporter

Someone once said a journalist is just a reporter in a good suit. Dean Pritchard doesn’t own a good suit. But he knows a good lawsuit.

Since covering his first trial for the Brandon Sun in 1999, Pritchard has logged more time in a courtroom than many of the veteran lawyers whose cases he has followed.

After leaving Brandon, Pritchard spent 12 years on the court beat for the Winnipeg Sun, returning to the beat in 2019 after a brief stint as a Free Press copy editor.

In covering cases that often capture people at their lowest, Pritchard strives for fairness and accuracy, without sacrificing the humanity at the core of the stories. In the words of one of his favourite literary gumshoes, Harry Bosch, “Everybody counts or nobody counts.”

When not running from one courtroom to another, Pritchard has been pepper-sprayed by police, spent an afternoon as a shopping mall Santa, jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and chugged a six-pack before noon to help Mounties test their new roadside screening device — all in the service of (he hopes) a good story. It’s a living.

In his off hours, Pritchard enjoys plucking away at his six string while trying to memorize all 14 verses of The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Pritchard believes a great hat always beats a great haircut and that writing about oneself in the third person is a bit… weird.

Editors told Pritchard his bio should be at least 250 words, but as readers may have noticed, he’s not one to run off at the mouth.

Recent articles of Dean Pritchard

Nygard lawyer Prober reprimanded for comments on alleged victims

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Nygard lawyer Prober reprimanded for comments on alleged victims

Dean Pritchard 5 minute read Yesterday at 5:47 PM CST

The Law Society of Manitoba has reprimanded Winnipeg lawyer Jay Prober for repeated comments he made in the media alleging women accusing fallen fashion magnate Peter Nygard of sex crimes were lying and looking for money.

Prober pleaded guilty to one count of failing to be courteous and civil in his capacity as a lawyer, in a plea bargain that will require him to pay $4,000 in hearing costs.

A second charge of making public statements that may prejudice a party’s right to a fair trial was stayed.

Nygard, 81, has been in custody awaiting possible extradition to the U.S. since December 2020, when he was arrested on sex trafficking and racketeering charges dating back decades. Since then, he has been charged with additional historical sex offences in Toronto and Montreal.

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Jay Prober alleged Peter Nygard’s accusers were trying to cash in on the mounting sexual assault claims against his client.

‘Strong message must be sent’: 19 years for internet luring, child porn

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‘Strong message must be sent’: 19 years for internet luring, child porn

Dean Pritchard 5 minute read Friday, Nov. 25, 2022

An online sex predator who victimized hundreds of children across the globe and enlisted a network of other pedophiles to do the same has been sentenced to 19 years in prison.

The sentence is believed to be the longest imposed in Canada for similar offences not involving the direct, physical sexual abuse of children.

Kenneth Emerson, 31, previously pleaded guilty to two counts of internet luring and one count each of making child pornography, making written child pornography, possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and invitation to sexual touching.

The Winnipeg resident’s arrest in July 2020 led to the discovery of tens of thousands of pages of internet chat room logs in which he manipulated child victims into performing sex acts for him.

Friday, Nov. 25, 2022

Kenneth Emerson's arrest in July 2020 led to the discovery of tens of thousands of pages of internet chat room logs in which he manipulated child victims into performing sex acts for him. (Winnipeg Free Press files)

Man accused of killing cabbie made racist remarks, court told

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Man accused of killing cabbie made racist remarks, court told

Dean Pritchard 3 minute read Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022

A Winnipeg man accused of stabbing a city cab driver to death in an unprovoked attack made racially charged comments to police in which he admitted to the killing, a judge was told Thursday.

Okoth Obeing, 22, is on trial for second-degree murder in the killing of 44-year-old Balvir Toor in March 2020.

Obeing, who was arrested a day after the slaying, was being kept in a holding cell at the Winnipeg Police Service downtown central processing unit. After a few hours, he started to act erratically and aggressively, testified Const. Marnie Johannesson, who was a central processing officer at the time.

Obeing — whose actions were being monitored by a surveillance camera — threw his food on the floor, refused to comply with repeated demands to not cover his face with a blanket, tore his blanket into strips, and repeatedly banged on the steel door of his cell, Johannesson said.

Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022

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Family of murdered cab driver Balvir Toor arrive at the law courts building Wednesday afternoon.

Fatal stabbing of cab driver fuelled by prepayment request: Crown

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Fatal stabbing of cab driver fuelled by prepayment request: Crown

Dean Pritchard 4 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022

Okoth Obeing had not been taking his bipolar disorder medication when he stabbed Winnipeg taxi driver Balvir Toor to death, but the killing had nothing to do with his mental illness, a judge was told Wednesday.

Instead, the fatal attack was sparked by racist attitudes and a “dislike of cab drivers” who showed Obeing “disrespect,” Crown attorney Chantal Boutin said.

Toor, 44, died March 19, 2020, after he was stabbed to death in his cab as it pulled over on the 500 block of Burrows Avenue.

Obeing, 22, is on trial for second-degree murder.

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022

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A police presence on Burrows Avenue between McGregor Street and Andrews Street in Winnipeg on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Winnipeg Free Press 2020

‘Can’t imagine the horror they went through’: man not criminally responsible for 2021 random double homicide

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‘Can’t imagine the horror they went through’: man not criminally responsible for 2021 random double homicide

Dean Pritchard 6 minute read Monday, Nov. 21, 2022

Driven by voices he could neither ignore nor control, Karlton Dean Reimer stabbed strangers Dennis and Bernadette Lidgett to death in their Lorette-area home.

Reimer has admitted to stabbing the elderly couple, but in a Monday ruling jointly endorsed by Crown prosecutors and his defence lawyers, was found not criminally responsible for the March 2021 killings.

“The evidence establishes it is more likely than not that at the time of the incident he was suffering from the effects of schizophrenia and, as a result, was not capable of appreciating that his actions were wrong,” said King’s Bench Justice Shawn Greenberg.

Reimer’s case will now go before the Manitoba Criminal Code Review Board, which will determine whether he is to be confined to a mental health facility.

Monday, Nov. 21, 2022

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Dennis and Bernadette Lidgett

‘Scared for my life:’ accused killer says he was acting in self-defence

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‘Scared for my life:’ accused killer says he was acting in self-defence

Dean Pritchard 4 minute read Friday, Nov. 18, 2022

A Winnipeg man accused of stabbing another man to death following a quarrel over a small debt told a judge Friday he was acting in self-defence after the victim attacked him first.

“It all happened so fast, I had no time to think,” Dylan James Mousseau testified at his trial. “I was scared for my life.”

Mousseau, 24, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the killing of 37-year-old Travis Joel Johnson. Johnson died March 10, 2020, from a single stab wound to the chest, minutes after he and his girlfriend arrived at a fourplex in the 500 block of Elgin Avenue.

Mousseau at the time was staying at the house in a room rented by his mother. Mousseau testified Johnson, who he had never met, arrived at the house around midnight with his girlfriend Clarisse Kennedy and the two had parked their bikes in the kitchen as they talked to a female tenant.

Friday, Nov. 18, 2022

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Dylan James Mousseau has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.

Crown asks for adult sentence in 2019 murder

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Crown asks for adult sentence in 2019 murder

Dean Pritchard 5 minute read Monday, Nov. 7, 2022

Prosecutors are seeking an adult sentence of life in prison for a Winnipeg man convicted of bludgeoning his mother to death in her bed when he was 16.

“This accused is not your typical youth offender,” Crown attorney Erika Dolcetti told King’s Bench Justice Anne Turner in a courtroom crowded with more than two dozen of the man’s family members and supporters.

“This is a heinous crime of gratuitous violence… It cries out for an adult sentence.”

The now 20-year-old stood trial for first-degree murder in the March 2019 slaying of his 51-year-old mother, but was found guilty by a jury of the lesser offence of second-degree murder.

Monday, Nov. 7, 2022

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The Law Court.

Guilty pleas in group attack on northern woman

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Guilty pleas in group attack on northern woman

Dean Pritchard 3 minute read Friday, Nov. 4, 2022

Two people charged with aggravated sexual assault, following what police described at the time as a violent group attack on a 34-year-old Norway House woman, have pleaded guilty to reduced charges and were released from custody.

The 33-year-old man and 30-year-old woman were among 12 people initially arrested and six ultimately charged in the Aug. 11, 2021, attack.

The two offenders pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of assault causing bodily harm. They were sentenced to the equivalent of nine months of time served. Charges of forcible confinement against both offenders were stayed by the Crown.

The plea bargain, jointly recommended by the Crown and defence lawyers and agreed to by King’s Bench Justice Candace Grammond, came a week after a female youth co-accused was acquitted at trial of the same initial charges.

Friday, Nov. 4, 2022

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Courts wrong place to deal with prison and parole racism, judge says

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Courts wrong place to deal with prison and parole racism, judge says

Dean Pritchard 4 minute read Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022

Indigenous offenders face greater hurdles winning parole from prison than any other group, but that doesn’t mean the courts can fix the problem with more lenient sentences, a judge ruled this week.

“Any attempt to address systemic issues plaguing the Correctional Services of Canada and (National) Parole Board at the sentencing stage is fraught with difficulty, bound to fail and can perhaps create other serious problems,” Manitoba Court of King’s Bench Justice Ken Champagne said.

“A sentencing judge does not possess the information necessary to make meaningful decisions about systemic issues affecting these justice system stakeholders.”

Champagne’s comments were included in a written sentencing decision for Michael Fox, 33, who was found guilty of second-degree murder in the October 2019 stabbing death of 30-year-old Darcy Rose.

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022

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Prosecutors recommended Michael Fox serve 16 years in custody before being allowed to apply for parole.

Officer just doing his job by seizing media camera, judge told

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Officer just doing his job by seizing media camera, judge told

Dean Pritchard 5 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022

A Winnipeg police officer wasn’t infringing on freedom of the press when he seized a photojournalist’s camera at a crime scene, a judge was told Wednesday.

He did what he needed to do during a “fast, fluid and dynamic” sequence of events that put the public in harm’s way, said Josh Weinstein, the officer’s lawyer.

“Police officers are often engaged in very stressful and fast-moving situations and dealing with people who don’t want to deal with them at all,” Weinstein told provincial court Judge Tony Cellitti. “This can make (police) vulnerable to allegations from the public.”

Chris Procaylo, a Winnipeg Sun photographer, filed a complaint with the Law Enforcement Review Agency after a police constable seized his camera following a heated exchange at a Main Street crime scene on Dec. 2, 2017.

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022

A Winnipeg police officer wasn’t infringing on freedom of the press when he seized a photojournalist’s camera at a crime scene, a judge was told Wednesday.

He did what he needed to do during a “fast, fluid and dynamic” sequence of events that put the public in harm’s way, said Josh Weinstein, the officer’s lawyer.

“Police officers are often engaged in very stressful and fast-moving situations and dealing with people who don’t want to deal with them at all,” Weinstein told provincial court Judge Tony Cellitti. “This can make (police) vulnerable to allegations from the public.”

Chris Procaylo, a Winnipeg Sun photographer, filed a complaint with the Law Enforcement Review Agency after a police constable seized his camera following a heated exchange at a Main Street crime scene on Dec. 2, 2017.

Ex-cadet leader gets 13 years for child luring

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Ex-cadet leader gets 13 years for child luring

Dean Pritchard 4 minute read Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022

A former officer with the Canadian Cadet program has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after admitting to grooming and sexually exploiting three teenage girls under his wing.

Robert Gale, 30, pleaded guilty to two counts of child luring, two counts of sexual exploitation and one count of criminal harassment for offences committed when the victims were between 15 and 17 years of age.

“There is no question the victims will continue to suffer long-term emotional and psychological harm well into their adult lives, and maybe forever,” provincial court Judge Cindy Sholdice said at the conclusion of a day-long sentencing hearing on Friday.

“While I can accept he didn’t join the cadets with the hope of offending against children, he was able to use his position to groom and gain the victims’ trust and compliance. He took advantage of the victims’ vulnerabilities, exploiting them for his own personal gain, knowing what he was doing was wrong and instructing them not to tell anyone.”

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022

Robert Gale pleaded guilty to two counts of child luring, two counts of sexual exploitation and one count of criminal harassment for offences committed when the victims were between 15 and 17 years of age. (Winnipeg Free Press files)

Charge stayed against mom whose baby was found dead

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Charge stayed against mom whose baby was found dead

Dean Pritchard 3 minute read Monday, Oct. 31, 2022

Justice officials have stayed charges against a Winnipeg woman who was arrested after her infant daughter was found dead in a garbage bin last May.

Jeanene Rosa Moar, 32, was arrested last June and charged with manslaughter and concealing the body of a child.

Court records show the charges were stayed Oct. 5, one week after she was granted release on bail.

Prosecutor Monica Turner told provincial court Judge Michael Clark that after reviewing the results of an autopsy, the Crown was not satisfied there was a reasonable likelihood of conviction.

Monday, Oct. 31, 2022

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Court records show the charges against Jeanene Rosa Moar were stayed Oct. 5, one week after she was granted release on bail.

Drunk driver who killed friend appeals conviction

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Drunk driver who killed friend appeals conviction

Dean Pritchard 3 minute read Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022

Lawyers for a Manitoba man sentenced to six months jail for an alcohol-related truck rollover incident that killed his 16-year-old best friend are appealing his conviction.

Kyle Nolan Devos, 22, was convicted after trial of one count each of impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death following the April 7, 2018, crash on a Bruxelles field about 100 kilometres southwest of Portage la Prairie.

In a notice of appeal filed in court Thursday, defence lawyers argue Court of King’s Bench Justice Elliot Leven erred in admitting Devos’s breath sample readings into evidence and committed an error in law by convicting him of impaired driving causing death.

The Crown, who had recommended a four-year prison sentence for Devos, filed its own appeal earlier this month, arguing Levin over-emphasized evidence of Devos’s good character and imposed an unfit sentence.

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022

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The Law Courts building at 408 York Avenue.

211104 - Thursday, November 04, 2021.

No recommendations in inquest report after suicide in soon-to-be-replaced police station

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No recommendations in inquest report after suicide in soon-to-be-replaced police station

Dean Pritchard 2 minute read Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

A newly released inquest report has made no recommendations in the case of a man who committed suicide while in custody in a Winnipeg police holding room with no video monitoring.

David Norbert, 56, was found hanging by the neck from a shirt he had tied to a ceiling ventilation grate in a holding room at the District 3 station on Hartford Avenue on April 16, 2019.

The station, the oldest in the city, is considered outdated and is set to be replaced.

Norbert was arrested after allegedly assaulting and threatening an ex-roommate earlier in the day. During an intake interview and risk assessment, Norbert told police he had consumed 11 beers in the previous five hours, the inquest report says. Asked if he was suicidal, Norbert laughed and said, “Sometimes, yes, and sometimes no,” before assuring them, “No, of course I’m not.”

Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

A newly released inquest report has made no recommendations in the case of a man who committed suicide while in custody in a Winnipeg police holding room with no video monitoring.

David Norbert, 56, was found hanging by the neck from a shirt he had tied to a ceiling ventilation grate in a holding room at the District 3 station on Hartford Avenue on April 16, 2019.

The station, the oldest in the city, is considered outdated and is set to be replaced.

Norbert was arrested after allegedly assaulting and threatening an ex-roommate earlier in the day. During an intake interview and risk assessment, Norbert told police he had consumed 11 beers in the previous five hours, the inquest report says. Asked if he was suicidal, Norbert laughed and said, “Sometimes, yes, and sometimes no,” before assuring them, “No, of course I’m not.”

Man jailed 23 months for assault on toddler

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Man jailed 23 months for assault on toddler

Dean Pritchard 3 minute read Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

A Winnipeg man convicted of assaulting his toddler stepson after claiming he held him “too hard” has been sentenced to 23 months in jail.

The now 27-year-old man was found guilty after trial of one count of assault causing bodily harm for an October 2019 incident that sent his 21-month-old stepson to hospital for four days.

“The fact that he has since recovered from the physical injuries is of no credit to the accused in sentencing,” provincial court Judge Julie Frederickson said in a written decision released earlier this month.

The man’s name cannot be disclosed under terms of a publication ban intended to protect the identity of his victim.

Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS The Law Courts building at 408 York Avenue. 211104 - Thursday, November 04, 2021.

Accused killer tells court he doesn’t recall stabbing girlfriend, apologizes to her family

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Accused killer tells court he doesn’t recall stabbing girlfriend, apologizes to her family

Dean Pritchard 3 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

Phoenix Maytwayashing didn’t deny stabbing his on-again, off-again girlfriend more than two dozen times, but told a Winnipeg courtroom this week he had no memory of the fatal attack.

Monica Chippeway, 35, died March 26, 2020, inside her Lake Manitoba First Nation home following a frenzied attack witnessed by her young daughter.

Maytwayashing, 23, is on trial for second-degree murder.

“There is no amount of apology that can change what happened,” Maytwayashing told Chippeway’s family members during testimony Tuesday. “The damage I caused… I am truly, truly sorry.”

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

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Monica Chippeway died in 2020 inside her Lake Manitoba First Nation home following a frenzied attack witnessed by her young daughter.

Exhausted, stressed Crown attorneys leaving Manitoba’s prosecutions branch, advocacy group says

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Exhausted, stressed Crown attorneys leaving Manitoba’s prosecutions branch, advocacy group says

Dean Pritchard 3 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

Burnout, unmanageable workloads and stagnant pay are draining the Manitoba justice system of seasoned prosecutors, sending them to greener pastures out of province, the private sector or early retirement, the Manitoba Association of Crown Attorneys said Wednesday.

As of Wednesday, 17 of the province’s 175 full-time Crown prosecutor positions remained unfilled, said association president Erika Dolcetti. In the past two years, the department has lost 26 prosecutors — 16 of whom left to work for the Crown in another province or switched to the defence bar, Dolcetti said. Of the remaining 10, two were appointed to the bench and eight retired.

“Crown offices across the country are recruiting our Crowns because we are not competitive,” Dolcetti said. “The government is unwilling to do what they need to do and we are losing Crowns at an exponential rate.”

Recent spikes in violent crime in the city are severely taxing the justice system’s ability to cope, Dolcetti said.

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

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Monk sentenced to 11 years for child sex abuse

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Monk sentenced to 11 years for child sex abuse

Dean Pritchard 3 minute read Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022

A former Buddhist monk who subjected two young girls to years of sexual abuse at a Winnipeg temple has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Southone Silaphet, 74, was convicted after trial last year of two counts of sexual interference.

Silaphet abused the two victims between 2016 and 2019, during visits to the Wat Lao Xayaram temple on Sinclair Street where he had been head monk for more than 12 years.

Silaphet’s actions represented a severe betrayal of trust and caused the victims to question their culture and faith, provincial court Judge Stacy Cawley said in a 24-page decision released earlier this month.

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022

Silaphet abused the two victims between 2016 and 2019 during visits to the Wat Lao Xayaram temple on Sinclair Street where he had been head monk for more than 12 years. (Jesse Boily / Winnipeg Free Press files)

City firm files $1-M suit against Assiniboine Park Conservancy

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City firm files $1-M suit against Assiniboine Park Conservancy

Dean Pritchard 2 minute read Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022

Another lawsuit has been added to Assiniboine Park’s Leaf project.

In a statement of claim filed last week, architectural firm Architecture49 Inc. alleges Assiniboine Park Conservancy Inc. owes it nearly $1 million in unpaid invoices after construction flaws by subcontractors necessitated redesign work on the project.

The Winnipeg-based firm alleges it began executing the redesign work in mid-2020, only to be told by the conservancy in January 2021 it would not pay the company beyond its initial fixed fee of nearly $5.9 million.

“Despite A49’s request, APC has refused or neglected to pay the unpaid invoices,” alleges the statement of claim.

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022

Architectural firm Architecture49 Inc. alleges Assiniboine Park Conservancy Inc. owes it nearly $1 million in unpaid invoices after construction flaws by subcontractors necessitated redesign work on the project. (Jessica Lee / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Crown seeks adult sentences for youth in 2020 shooting spree

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Crown seeks adult sentences for youth in 2020 shooting spree

Dean Pritchard 4 minute read Monday, Oct. 24, 2022

Two teens facing possible life sentences for a Winnipeg shooting spree that left one woman dead and three others wounded could be released from custody in as little as 2 1/2 years, a court heard Monday.

Prosecutors are seeking adult sentences for the now 16- and 18-year-old killers, whose July 1, 2020, rampage claimed the life of 27-year-old Danielle Cote.

The older teen pleaded guilty last year to second-degree murder and other offences. The younger accused was found guilty after trial in December of first-degree murder and related offences.

Because they were only 14- and 15-years-old, respectively, at the time of the shootings, if sentenced as adults, they would be eligible for parole after serving between five and seven years in custody, Crown attorney Jodi Koffman told court in Winnipeg.

Monday, Oct. 24, 2022

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A vigil for Danielle Cote, who was shot and killed, was held on the 400 block of Flora Street.

Man charged in recent slaying was free on bail, accused of assaulting bus driver

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Man charged in recent slaying was free on bail, accused of assaulting bus driver

Dean Pritchard 4 minute read Friday, Oct. 21, 2022

A Winnipeg man accused of killing 27-year-old Creedence Justin Beardy on Oct. 2 was free on bail after being charged with assaulting a Winnipeg Transit driver with bear spray.

Tracayne Marsden, 21, was arrested Oct. 14 and charged with second-degree murder. He remains in custody.

Beardy died at Health Sciences Centre after he was found an hour earlier lying injured and unresponsive on the ground near the intersection of Sherbrook Street and Cumberland Avenue.

Marsden was granted bail May 4 following a hearing before provincial court Judge Brian Corrin and ordered to reside at the Behavioural Health Foundation treatment centre in St. Norbert.

Friday, Oct. 21, 2022

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The scene where Creedence Justin was found unresponsive near Sherbrooke Street and Cumberland Avenue in Winnipeg on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. For — story. Winnipeg Free Press 2022.

First-degree murder charges for teens accused in Main Street homicide

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First-degree murder charges for teens accused in Main Street homicide

Dean Pritchard 2 minute read Friday, Oct. 21, 2022

Two 15-year-old males arrested in two killings in Winnipeg’s Point Douglas neighbourhood now face first-degree murder charges for one of the slayings.

Police arrested the teens following a string of attacks on Aug. 22 along the Main Street strip.

Marvin William Felix, 54, was attacked in a lane behind a hotel on the 600 block of Main Street and died three days later.

The teens were initially charged with aggravated assault in connection to the attack. The charges were upgraded to second-degree murder after Felix died.

Friday, Oct. 21, 2022

Marvin William Felix was attacked in an alley off the 600 block of Main Street in August and died three days later. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Suspects released, legal expert asks why

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Suspects released, legal expert asks why

Dean Pritchard 4 minute read Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022

It was a violent assault that left a downtown shopkeeper in hospital with a likely life-altering brain injury.

Although investigators with the Winnipeg Police Service major crimes unit arrested two people Tuesday following the Saturday-evening attack, the 51-year-old man and 39-year-old woman were released a short time later on an undertaking.

And while police are defending the decision, one legal expert says the pair didn’t have to be released.

A Winnipeg police news release announcing the arrests said releasing the two accused on an undertaking was mandated by the Criminal Code.

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022

A 65-year-old man was assaulted and left with serious injuries after he confronted a group of alleged shoplifters at a Donald Street convenience store he operated with his wife, who sustained minor injuries. (Jessica Lee / Winnipeg Free Press)

‘He was hurting her’: Girl tried to protect mom

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‘He was hurting her’: Girl tried to protect mom

Dean Pritchard 4 minute read Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022

A seven-year-old girl rushed to her mother’s aid as she was being stabbed to death, only to have the attacker turn the knife on her, a Winnipeg courtroom heard Wednesday.

“He was hurting her and I kept on trying to tell him to stop,” the now-10-year-old girl testified.

Monica Chippeway, 35, died following a frenzied attack inside her Lake Manitoba First Nation home on March 26, 2020.

Phoenix Maytwayashing, 22, Chippeway’s on-again-off-again boyfriend, is on trial for second-degree murder.

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022

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Monica Chippeway was stabbed to death inside her Lake Manitoba First Nation home.