First Murder of 2015 Takes Bizarre Twist – Victim Killed by Drunk Driver

Dustin Mckay (Facebook)
Dustin Mckay (Facebook)

The first murder of 2015 in Winnipeg has taken a bizarre twist.

On January 23, 2015, at approximately 11:20 p.m., Police responded to the area of Isabel Street and Pacific Ave regarding the report of an injured male.

Police now indicate two males became involved in a physical altercation while on the roadway in the area of Isabel Street and Pacific Ave.

As a result, the victim, Dustin Craig Mckay (22) years, was knocked unconscious and left lying in the southbound lanes of Isabel Street.

The male suspect and a female subsequently fled the area in a vehicle.

A short time later, a different vehicle travelling southbound on Isabel street, struck Mckay while he lay helpless on the street.

Mckay was transported to hospital in critical condition and later pronounced deceased.

Police have charged Desmond Evan Spicer (50) years of Winnipeg with the following offences due to his alleged involvement;

  • Drive Impaired Cause Death
  • Drive with more than 80 mg alcohol in blood cause death

Spicer was detained in custody.

Members of the Homicide Unit continued the investigation and were able to identify the male involved in the physical altercation with Mckay.

On January 27, 2015, shortly before 3:00 pm, the man was arrested without incident in the area of Market Ave and Rorie Street.

Police have charged Billy Joe Couture (28) years of Winnipeg with the following offences due to his alleged involvement;

  • Manslaughter
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order
  • Fail to Comply with Condition Recognizance

He was detained in custody.

Mckay is the first (1st) homicide victim in Winnipeg in 2015.

The last reported homicide in Winnipeg occurred on December 15, 2015.

A total of three (3) homicides from 2014 remain unsolved.


It seems Couture may have some history with the Winnipeg Police Service.

WPS Media Release
WPS Media Release

Disposition of these charges is not known at this time.


The killing of Dustin Mckay appears to have eerie similarities to the tragic 2005 death of Adam Lecours (34) who was run over by a motor vehicle after he was beaten and left unconscious in the roadway.

Two adult offenders and a fifteen (15) year old young offender were charged with manslaughter in the case.

The case was hotly contested and had several appeals that eventually ended up in the Supreme Court of Canada.


Winnipeg recorded a total of twenty-five (25) homicides in 2014.

Previous dates when Winnipeg Recorded the first (1st) Homicide of the year;

2014 – Jan 19
2013 – Jan 24
2012 – Jan 12
2011 – Jan 6 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – March 20
2009 – Jan 11
2008 – Jan 2
2007 – Jan 16
2006 – Jan 1
2005 – Feb 5
2004 – Feb 1 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides) (100% solvency)


  1. James G Jewell

    Thank you for this…

    I love that about some of the Police Insider readers….

    They’re quick to do a little research to add to the story…

    Much appreciated….

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