On Thursday, July 6, 2017, the Winnipeg Police Service issued a press release requesting the public’s assistance with locating a suspect in the murder of Canon Franklin Beardy (28).
Beardy was killed on February 6, 2017.
Police have not released his cause of death.
Police indicate they have obtained an arrest warrant for 2nd degree murder for a youth identified as Isaiah Adrian Dallas Moose (17).
Moose is described as Indigenous, 5’11”, 125 pounds.
As Moose is a youth, police obtained a court order authorizing the publication of his identity.
The court order ceases to have effect on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
Media outlets are not to publish his identity or image after that time.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Moose is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508 or Crimestoppers at 204-786-8477.
On July 8, 2017, the WPS issued a press release indicating the youth was arrested the previous day.
Police thanked the public for their assistance.
The youth now stands charged with 2nd degree murder.
Suspects Charged in this Case;
- Joshua Leclerc – 19 years of age
- Young Offender – Male – 17 years of age
- Young Offender – Male – 16 years of age
- Young Offender – Male – 14 years of age
In 2016, not a single young offender was charged with murder in the City of Winnipeg.
Thus far in 2017 a total of four (4) young offenders have been charged with murder in connection with two unrelated (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.
(As indicated above, a total of 3 young offenders have now been charged in the Beardy case.)
The WPS Homicide Unit has investigated a total of thirteen (13) homicide cases so far this year.
All thirteen cases have been solved.
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%.