Members of the WPS Homicide Unit have laid charges in the latest Winnipeg murder.
On August 25, 2014, shortly after 5:00 am, emergency response personnel were dispatched to the 200 block of Austin Street North regarding the report of a stabbing.
On arrival, an adult male suffering from stab wounds to the upper body was located.
The man was transported to hospital in critical condition and later died.
The victim was identified as Jeffery Campbell (25) of Winnipeg.
The investigation was continued by members of the WPS Homicide Unit.
As a result of the ongoing investigation, Police identified a suspect who they report had consumed drugs when he became involved in a dispute with the victim. The suspect proceeded to arm himself with a weapon and stabbed the victim multiple times in the upper body.
On August 26, 2014, shortly after midnight, Police located and arrested the suspect in the area of Bannatyne Ave and Lydia Street where he was taken into custody without incident.
On Friday, August 29, 2014, Police issued a press release identifying the suspect as Michael Tyler John Boubard (21) of Winnipeg.
Boubard has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder and was detained at the Provincial Remand Center.
Campbell is the seventeenth (17th) recorded murder victim in Winnipeg this year and the 3rd murder victim slain in the month of August.
The WPS has solved all but three (3) of these killings achieving a 83% solvency rate.
As previously reported in The Police Insider, most stabbings are fuelled by the consumption of alcohol or drugs or a combination of both.
The fact Police are acknowledging Boubard was under the influence of drugs at the time of the killing supports that assertion.
That acknowledgement is sure to have a significant impact regarding the resolution of this crime. Canadian Courts are extremely generous and sympathetic to offenders whose crimes are committed when they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Because of that fact, expect charges in this case to be reduced to Manslaughter during the plea bargaining process.
In 2012, WFP Crime Reporter Mike McIntyre wrote a story titled, “Getting Away with Murder.” The article explored the difficulties Prosecutors face when trying to secure convictions in murder cases.
(The Police Insider is quoted in the article.)
Stabbings are emerging as the murder method of choice this year with eleven (11) of the seventeen (17) killings coming by way of edged weapon attacks or stabbings.*
That number translates to almost 65%.
As previously noted, these violent crimes place a dark stain on the reputation of the City of Winnipeg and contribute to our high-ranking on the annual National crime severity index statistics recorded by Stats Canada.
In 2013, Winnipeg recorded a total of twenty-five (25) Homicides. Of these, thirteen (13) murder victims, or 52%, died as a result of edged weapon attacks or stabbings.
*The cause of death for Tina Fontaine has not been disclosed by the WPS. Her case remains unsolved.
Previous dates when Winnipeg Recorded the 17th Homicide of the year;
2013 – Sept 4
2012 – June 20
2011 – June 26 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – Sept 3
2009 – July 25
2008 – June 29
2007 – Aug 30
2006 – Oct 21
2005 – Aug 20
2004 – Aug 1 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides) (100% solvency)