On August 10, 2016, at approximately 8:45 p.m., EMS responded to the 400 block of McGee Street regarding the report of a body being discovered.
Police investigated and classified the death as “suspicious.”
The deceased was identified as Garnet Walter Williams (43) of Winnipeg.
The investigation was continued by members of the WPS Homicide Unit.
The investigation revealed that on July 31, 2016, the victim, while in the company of a small group of people, attended a suite in the 600 block of Ellice Ave. At some point a dispute erupted and Williams was seriously assaulted by several people.
Williams suffered critical injuries and was confined for a period of time.
Williams ultimately succumbed to his injuries and was kept at the scene for several days. His body was subsequently disposed of in a nearby garbage container.
On August 26, 2016, members of the Homicide Unit made several arrests in the case. Police have laid the following charges as a result of the investigation;
- Jeremy Lee Allen (27) – charged 1st degree murder
- Miranda Nancy Leclaire (32) – charged manslaughter
- Lyle Barrow (30) – charged manslaughter
- Jennifer Kelly Hall (25) – charged with indignity to human body
Police also charged a fifty-six year old man with indignity to human body.
(His name was not released as the charges have yet to be officially laid.)
Allen, Declare, Barrow & Hall were all detained in custody.
Friday, December 9, 2016
Police advise charges against Miranda Leclaire & Lyle Barrow have been upgraded to 1st degree murder.
The alleged offenders were arrested on December 8, 2016 and returned to custody.
Police identified the 56 year old man charged with indignity to human body as Ernest Garbutt.
The accused Jeremy Allen faces the most serious charge in this latest senseless Winnipeg killing.
If convicted, he would be automatically sentences to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a minimum of twenty-five (25) years.
Convictions for manslaughter can have a significant range of sentences.
In cases where multiple offenders are charged in homicide cases, Prosecutors often attempt to orchestrate plea bargains with people charged with lesser offences in exchange for testimony against the primary offender.
The goal is to strengthen the case against the dominant aggressor to ensure they’re held accountable for their crime.
In this case, the charges imply the accused Allen is more culpable than his co-accused offenders.
Williams is the 18th reported homicide victim in Winnipeg this year.
On August 16, 2016, Police investigated the 19th homicide of 2016.
All but three cases have been solved – solvency rate 84%.
In 2015, the Winnipeg Police Service investigated at total of 23 homicides.
The 19th homicide was recorded on October 11, 2015.
All but two killings were solved in 2015 – solvency rate 91%.