On May 18, 2014, at approximately 5:30 pm, members of the Winnipeg Police Service were dispatched to the 1000 block of Notre Dame Avenue regarding the report of an assault.
Upon arrival, Police located a man suffering from a serious injury.
The man was transported to hospital in critical condition and Police initiated an investigation.
The investigation revealed the injured male and a female had been involved in a domestic situation which was witnessed by several bystanders in the area. One of the bystanders became concerned for the safety of the female and approached the couple to intervene. That intervention resulted in a physical altercation with the male subject who was struck and fell to the ground.
Police indicate the bystander left the scene before their arrival.
On May 23, 2014, the male subject died as a result of his injuries. He was identified as Marion Dean Laronde (Hart) (33) years of Winnipeg.
Members of the Homicide Unit are continuing the investigation and are attempting to identify and locate the bystander or anyone else who may have witnessed the incident.
Laronde is the tenth (10th) victim of Homicide reported in Winnipeg this year.
Manslaughter charges often result in cases where subjects punch the victim once or twice or otherwise use minimal violence. Cases like these, or cases where good intentioned subjects intervene in domestic violence or other situations may technically call for charges but often end in acquittals or stays of proceedings.
During the course of my career in Homicide I participated in several of these types of investigations;
On August 26, 1995, Marvin Johnson (58) became involved in a domestic dispute when his friend intervened and punched him twice in the face. Johnson died as a result of suffering a subdural hematoma. Johnson’s friend was subsequently charged with Manslaughter. The charge was eventually stayed by the Crown.
On September 24, 2000, William Taylor (42) was punched in the head by a young man after a verbal dispute. Taylor fell to the ground and struck his head on the ground. He subsequently died from his injuries. The offender was charged with Manslaughter. (Disposition of charges not readily available)
On March 14, 2004, Denis Vandal (49) was punched in the head by a security guard at a drinking establishment. Vandal fell to the ground and struck his head on the floor. He subsequently died from his injuries. Glenn Lizchynsky (36) was charged with manslaughter but the charges were eventually dropped by the Crown. (Vandal was the brother of Winnipeg City Councillor Dan Vandal)
On April 14, 2010, Kelly Clay (18) was punched in the head by a bar patron at the Norvilla Hotel. Clay fell to the ground and struck his head on the floor. Jeremy Botelho (23) was charged with manslaughter. A jury subsequently found him not guilty of the charge.
(These are only a few of the cases that come to mind. There have been other “one punch” homicides over the last two decades or so.)
Previous dates when Winnipeg recorded the 10th Homicide of the year:
2013 – June 29
2012 – Apr 5
2011 – Apr 20 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – July 8
2009 – May 24
2008 – Apr 14
2007 – May 11
2006 – June 10
2005 – June 15
2004 – May 28 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides 100% solvency)