CHARGES LAID IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MURDER – 2nd Domestic Violence Killing in September

No excuse for domestic violenceDomestic Violence has claimed another young woman’s life in the City of Winnipeg.

On September 21, 2014, at approximately 7:00 am, Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to the 500 block of Burnell Street regarding the report of an injured woman.

Upon arrival, a twenty-seven (27) year old woman was located and transported to hospital in critical condition.

Police subsequently attended the hospital and located the woman’s common-law husband who was arrested without incident.

Police identified the common-law husband as Erwin John Spence (25) years of Winnipeg and charged him with Aggravated Assault due to his alleged involvement in the incident.

Spence was detained at the Provincial Remand Center.

On September 23, 2014, the victim succumbed to her injuries.

Police indicate the woman died as a result of suffering blunt force trauma.

The victim has been identified as Jenna Marsden (27) years of Winnipeg.

On September 24, 2014, members of the Homicide Unit charged Spence with 2nd Degree Murder.

Spence remains in custody.


Jenna Marsden is the 19th reported murder victim in Winnipeg in 2014.

She is the 2nd victim of domestic violence homicide in the month of September.

On September 20, 2014, Janelle Jirasek (24) was brutally stabbed to death in a violent domestic assault. Police charged Kyle Hunter (25) years of Winnipeg with 2nd degree murder in connection with the killing.  Hunter was detained in custody.

Hunter was also charged with attempt murder after attacking the Police Officer who apprehended him after he fled from the murder scene.  The Officer received non-life threatening injuries during Hunter’s edged weapon attack.

In cases where a person is assaulted and death is not imminent, Police investigate, monitor the prognosis of the victim and lay the appropriate charges.

In this case the appropriate charge was Aggravated Assault.

A person commits Aggravated Assault when they wound, maim, disfigure or endanger the life of another person.  The maximum penalty for Aggravated Assault is fourteen (14) years in prison.

During the original arrest process, Police would have likely cautioned Spence that his charges would be upgraded to Murder should the victim die as a result of injuries sustained during the assault.

By doing so, Police enhance the Crown’s ability to have any inculpatory statements he makes during the interrogation process admitted as evidence at trial.

In incidents where death occurs after a suspect is detained, Police contact a Senior Crown Attorney with Manitoba Justice and present their case to elevate the charges to murder.

In this case, the Crown authorized a charge of 2nd Murder.

Second Degree Murder;

2nd Degree Murder carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment with a parole eligibility of between 10 – 25 years.M


Previous dates when Winnipeg Recorded the 19th Homicide of the year;

2013 – Sept 29
2012 – July 22
2011 – July 16 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – Oct 10
2009 – Sept 6
2008 – July 24
2007 – Sept 15
2006 – Nov 15
2005 – Sept 10
2004 – Aug 27 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides) (100% solvency)

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