“We’re still not entirely sure of the relationship or motive,” Winnipeg Police Public Information Officer Constable Rob Carver said.
On April 10, 2017, at approximately 3:10, a.m., Winnipeg Police responded to the 400 block of Camden Place in response to a 911 call.
Police indicate the first officer to arrive on scene located a female victim in her fifties suffering from serious upper body injuries.
The victim has been identified as Judy Kenny (54) years of age.
Kenny was pronounced dead at the scene.
A short time later, police arrested a suspect who was subsequently determined to be a resident of the normally quiet neighbourhood.
The suspect, Brenda Lee Schuff (44), has been charged with 2nd degree murder.
She was detained in custody.
Police have not released the cause of death but did indicate an “edged” weapon was used in the killing.
Media reports indicate Kenny was a former administrative assistant employed by CTV Winnipeg for over thirty years.
She lived alone with her dogs.
The killing rocked her former colleagues, many of whom posted tributes on social media memorializing and paying tribute to her.
Kenny is the 9th reported homicide victim in Winnipeg this year.
Cases where women are accused of killing other women are not as rare as you might think.
The murder of Judy Kenny is the second such killing recorded within the last month.
The first incident occurred on March 12, 2017, when Shania Chanel Chartrand (21) was shot to death in a west Broadway neighbourhood. Police subsequently arrested and charged Lacy Sorokowski (22) and Ashely Marie Bezecki (27) with 2nd degree murder in the killing. (A twenty-four year old and a twenty-two year old man was similarly charged.)
In 2016, Police investigated a number of killings where women were represented in the victim and perpetrator categories.
On January 12, 2016, Cynthia Marie French (35) was stabbed to death in the 500 block of William Ave. Sisters Candice Nepinak (31) and Vanessa Nepinak (35) were charged with 2nd degree murder in connection with the killing.
On February 6, 2016, Mavis Ducharme (39) died from blunt force injuries after she was assaulted in the 500 block of Stella Ave. Nikina Houle (23) was charged with manslaughter in the killing. (Her boyfriend was charged with 2nd degree murder for his alleged involvement.)
In August, 2016, Jennifer Barrett (42) died after a prolonged assault at the hands of an American born Canadian citizen with an extremely checkered past. The man’s ex- common-law wife Jessica Elizabeth Reid (34) and another woman identified as Holley Alyssa Sullivan (28) were charged with accessory after the fact to murder.
In 2016, a total of seven (7) women were victims of homicide in the City of Winnipeg.
A total of twelve (12) women were charged with various offences for their participation as perpetrators in homicide cases.
In 2015, only one case involving a female victim and perpetrator was recorded.
On May 16, 2015, Dorothy Dykens (89) was stabbed to death in the 400 block of Tremblay Street. Police subsequently charged Melissa Joyce Gabriel (35) with manslaughter in connection with the killing.
Police have solved all but two homicide cases this year – solvency rate 88%.
In 2016, the 9th homicide of the year was recorded on April 25.
In 2015, the 9th homicide of the year was recorded on May 16.
2017 Victim Demographics
- 6 – male
- 3 – female
2017 Manner of Death
- Shooting – 4
- Stabbing – 3
- Blunt Force – 1
- Not Disclosed – 1