On November 4, 2013 at approximately 11:45 p.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to the 1st 100 block of Albert Street regarding the report of an injured male.
Responding Officers subsequently located at forty-two (42) year old male suffering injuries from an apparent fall. The victim was transported to hospital in critical condition and later succumbed to his injuries.
Police identified the victim as Christopher Paul Maier (42) years of Winnipeg.
The investigation continued by members of the Homicide Unit and several people were interviewed.
The Police investigation revealed a physical altercation between the victim and a male suspect had occurred. Fearing for his safety, the victim fled to his third floor suite followed by the suspect which later resulted in the victim falling from a window.
The suspect was identified and arrested.
Police report they have charged Adam John Perrier (33) years of Winnipeg with Manslaughter, Break Enter & Commit – Dwelling House (Commit Assault) & Forcible Confinement for his alleged involvement.
He was detained at the Provincial Remand Centre.
The investigation is continuing by members of the Homicide Unit.
The WPS has investigated a total of twenty-two (22) Homicides in 2013.
Three killings remain unsolved.
Defense counsel for the accused in this case is sure to argue his client should not be convicted of manslaughter as a result of the victim falling from his window in his flight for safety.
Could the accused anticipate that death could be a foreseeable consequence of his actions or was his reckless to the extent that he should have known he may cause the death of the victim in this case.
The Senior Crown Prosecutor who authorized the Manslaughter charge clearly believed there is a case to be made against the accused.
It will be interesting to see how it plays out.
I suspect a plea bargain might come into play in this case.
Historical dates when WPS recorded Homicide #22:
- 2012 – Sept 27
- 2011 – July 16 (Record year – 41 Homicides)
- 2010 – Nov 1
- 2009 – Oct 5
- 2008 – Sept 23
- 2007 – Sept 29
- 2006 – Dec 24
- 2005 – Oct 10
- 2004 – Sept 22 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides 100% solvency)