Members of the Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit have laid charges in connection with a recent North End murder.
On February 6, 2016 at approximately 5:00 am, emergency services personnel were dispatched to an assault in progress at a residence in the 500 block of Stella Ave.
On arrival, a woman was located nearby suffering from serious injuries suffered in an apparent assault. The woman was transported to hospital in critical condition and was later pronounced deceased.
Police identified the victim as Mavis Ducharme (39) of Winnipeg.
Ducharme is reported to be a mother and grandmother who hailed from Grand Rapids, Manitoba.
On February 8, 2016, Police issued a press release indicating the following two (2) suspects have been arrested and charged in connection with the killing;
- Kashtin Flett (23) of Winnipeg has been charged with 2nd degree murder and break, enter & commit assault due to his alleged involvement.
- Nikina Houle (23) of Winnipeg has been charged with Manslaughter and break, enter & commit assault due to her alleged involvement.
Police indicate the investigation revealed the two suspects attended the victim’s home and forced their way into her residence. Once inside, the couple assaulted Ducharme and an adult male. Ducharme was able to make her way to a nearby residence but was pursued by the suspects who caught her and continued the attack.
Ducharme died from her injuries.
Police have not released information regarding her cause of death and did not provide information regarding injuries sustained by the adult male.
Ducharme is the 3rd reported victim of homicide in Winnipeg this year.
Last year, the 3rd murder of the year occurred on February 15, 2015.
The murder of Mavis Ducharme has striking similarities to the January 12, 2016 killing of Cynthia Marie French (23) who was bludgeoned in a violent home invasion attack launched by sisters Candice Nepinak (31) and Vanessa Nepinak (25).
French also fled from her residence only to be pursued by her killers, caught and attacked once more.
A search of Flett’s Facebook account shows a February 4th posting announcing his engagement to Nikina Houle.
A search of Houle’s account shows a posting dated February 3rd in which she threatens to have Flett “slap out” women she refers to as “you whores.”
It appears that Mavis Ducharme is listed as a “friend” in Houle’s Facebook account.
Prior to the arrests WPS Spokesperson Constable Jason Michalyshyn indicated the incident involved, “people known to each other.”
While the motive for the killing is not clear, Police spokesperson Constable Eric Hofley indicated, “I can acknowledge that the incident was drug related.”
All three (3) homicides reported in Winnipeg this year have been solved.