The Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit has charged a fourteen (14) year old-young offender and issued arrest warrants to two alleged killers in a recent murder case.
On February 6, 2017 at 11:15 p.m., police and EMS responded to the 500 block of Magnus Avenue regarding an injured man.
Upon arrival, police located the victim who was found to be suffering from multiple serious injuries.
The man was transported to hospital in critical condition and subsequently died.
He was identified as Canon Franklin Beardy (28) of Winnipeg.
On Friday, February 17, 2017, the WPS issued a press release indicating they recently arrested and charged a 14-year-old young offender with 2nd degree murder in connection with the killing.
Police indicate homicide investigators have obtained arrest warrants and are actively seeking two (2) other suspects.
The first suspect was identified as Joshua Leclerec (19) years of Winnipeg.
The second suspect was identified as Justin Harper (16) years of Winnipeg.
As Harper is a young offender, members of the Homicide Unit were required to obtain a court order under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) to authorize the release of his photograph.
The court order expires on February 21, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
(Media outlets are prohibited by law from publishing the image or identity of Harper beyond this time.)
Police have not released the cause of death or a motive for the killing.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of these subjects are asked to call the Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime-stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
In 2016, no young offenders were charged with murder in the City of Winnipeg.
That trend has come to an abrupt end.
Thus far in 2017 a total of three (3) young offenders have been charged with murder in connection with two (2) killings.
On January 4, 2017, Tyler Kirton (25) of Winnipeg was gunned down in the first murder of the year. A sixteen (16) year old young offender was charged with 1st degree murder in the killing.
The WPS Homicide Unit has investigated a total of five (5) homicide cases so far this year.
Only one case remains unsolved – solvency rate = 80% solvency rate.
In 2016, the WPS Homicide Unit investigated a total of 25 homicide cases.
All but three cases have been solved – solvency rate = 88%.*
*One case from 2016 involves the death of two victims – should that case be solved the solvency rate would jump to 96%.