Bail denied for co-accused in library homicide
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Two teen boys co-accused in the slaying of a Winnipeg man at the Millennium Library have been denied bail.
All four teens charged in the death of 28-year-old Tyree Cayer remain in custody, following the Dec. 11 stabbing on the main floor of the downtown facility.
A 16-year-old charged with manslaughter was denied bail Friday by provincial court Judge Robert Heinrichs, who delivered his decision in court at the Manitoba Youth Centre after a month-long deliberation.
Details of the bail hearing and reasons for the judge’s decision can’t be published under court-ordered publication bans. None of the co-accused can be named under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Eight members of the 16-year-old’s family packed the small courtroom Friday to hear the judge’s decision, reached after a 90-minute bail hearing on Dec. 23.
The teen’s mother cried and called out, “Oh, my son, I love you!” after the judge spoke. The teen sat in the prisoner’s box and looked at his mother, but didn’t say anything during the court appearance.
He is now under a court order not to contact seven people, including his three co-accused and potential witnesses.
The youth is the second co-accused in the case to be denied bail pending a criminal trial.
On Monday, a 15-year-old male charged with manslaughter was denied bail, following a hearing last week.
A 14-year-old male charged with manslaughter has his bail hearing scheduled for Jan. 23.
Another 14-year-old male, charged with second-degree murder, is expected to have his bail hearing in the coming months.
Cayer has been described by friends as a former high school football star who had fallen on hard times and was homeless at the time of his death. He was Winnipeg’s 51st homicide victim of 2022.
The Millennium Library has been closed since the stabbing but had a limited reopening for pickups late last month.
The city facility is set to fully reopen on Monday.
Katie May is a general-assignment reporter for the Free Press.