3 Men Arrested in Connection to Killing of Tina Fontaine’s Cousin

Jeanenne Chantel Fontaine died after being shot and being exposed to a fire on March 14. Three people have been arrested in connection to the homicide. Winnipeg Police Service Handout

Global News | May 17, 2017

Three men have been charged in connection to the death of Jeanenne Fontaine, 29, who was found shot in the head in a North End home in March.

Fontaine is the cousin of Tina Fontaine, the teenage girl whose body was found wrapped in a bag in the Red River in August 2014.

On March 14 at 9:45 a.m., police were called to a house fire 400 block of Aberdeen Avenue. Crews found Fontaine in the house and she taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries where she later died.

Fontaine was shot in the head before the fire began, police said.

Investigators also determined the fire was deliberately set.

On May 16, homicide investigators went to the Provincial remand Centre and arrested three men in connection to her death.

Christopher Mathew Brass, 34, has been charged with manslaughter and arson disregard for human life. Malcolm Miles Mitchell, 24, has been charged with second-degree murder and arson disregard for human life. Jason Michael Meilleur, 38, has been charged with manslaughter.

All three are in custody.

Brass was also arrested and charged in connection to another homicide that happened in February.

On Feb. 8, Bryer James Prysiazniuk-Settee, 24, was found shot in the area of Powers Street and Aberdeen Avenue. He was taken to hospital in critical condition and later died.

Brass has been charged with second-degree murder.

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Brett Overby Charged with Second Degree Murder in Christine Wood Homicide, Body Still Missing

Christine Wood, 21, disappeared after she went out with friends for the evening on Aug. 19, 2016. (File Image)

Police believe Christine Wood killed hours after going missing

By Black Powder | RPM Staff, April 10, 2017

Days after police charged a Winnipeg man with second-degree murder in the disappearance of Christine Wood, officers said they still have not found her body.

According to Global News, on Saturday, Brett Overby, 30, was charged with the murder of Christine Wood, 21. Documents also allege Wood was killed on or around Aug. 20 – the day after she went missing.

On Aug. 19, after going out that evening, Wood from Oxford House First Nation, never returned to the hotel where her family was staying after coming to Winnipeg for a medical appointment.

The case was treated at a missing person’s investigation until January 2017, when the homicide unit took over as lead investigators.

Overby, was arrested March 21 after police searched a home in the 300 block of Burrows Ave. At the time, he was charged with an unrelated offence.

CTV News reports, Winnipeg Police Service Sergeant John O’Donovan said officers ended up at that home as a result of information from a number of warrants and production orders on electronic devices Wood used prior to her death.

The Forensic Identification Unit stayed at the home for several days.

Overby, was questioned, but he was let go as there wasn’t enough forensic evidence to lay any charges.

Brett Overby, 30, was charged with the murder of Christine Wood, 21. Instagram. Source Global News

On April 6, forensics tests came back and the following day the Crown Attorney authorized a second degree murder charge against Overby.

Police were able to provide evidence to the Crown’s office that Wood, not only was she present, but she was killed in that house.

Although police believe Wood was killed in Overby’s home, they do not have any information from the accused on where her body is.

During a media conference Monday, Police Chief Danny Smyth said “We will continue on this investigation until we find her remains.”

In September the police said there were “multiple sightings of Wood.” They also said she was was facing some “personal challenges” and may be associated with people tied to drug trade.

However, police now say, they do not believe drugs or gang affiliations are involved.

Police also say the accused and Wood were unknown to one another prior to Aug. 19 and it does not appear there was a relationship between them.

Winnipeg police press conference concerning Christine Wood, Monday.

Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson was at the media conference speaking on behalf of Wood’s family.

“After the most difficult eight months of our lives, we are mourning the loss of our daughter,” North Wilson said in a statement written by Wood’s family.

The family will be in Winnipeg for a vigil on Wednesday.

Tina Fontaine’s Cousin Dies after Being Shot in Head, Home Set on Fire, Family Says

Family of Aberdeen fire victim speaks out

Family pleads for information in death of 29-year-old Jeanenne Fontaine

CBC News Posted: Mar 15, 2017

A Winnipeg woman was shot in the head before her home was set on fire, her family says.

Jeanenne Fontaine, 29, was found in a home on Aberdeen Avenue, between Powers Street and Salter Street, on Tuesday after reports of a fire which is now being investigated by the homicide unit.

Jeanenne Fontaine

Jeanenne Fontaine, 29, was a kind, bubbly mother of three, says aunt Rhonda Flett. (Facebook)

The mother of three was rushed to hospital in unstable condition, but around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday she was taken off life-support, her family says.

They say Jeanenne was shot in the back of the head before the home was set on fire.

Her mother, Lana Fontaine, says Jeanenne’s brother was also at the home and heard the gunshot, but escaped unharmed.

The family is pleading for anyone with information to come forward to help them get answers.

Kind, full of laughter

Rhonda Flett, Jeanenne’s aunt, says her niece was a bright-spirited girl.

“She was a lively, beautiful Native girl … everybody wanted to be around her. She was kind. She liked to laugh. She made us laugh,” Flett said.

“She’s going to very missed. We’re going to miss her a lot. A piece of our family got taken and can’t be replaced.”

Flett says her niece moved into the home on Aberdeen Avenue following the death of Flett’s other niece and Jeanenne’s cousin, Tina Fontaine.

The 15-year-old was killed in August of 2014. Her death became one of the most well-known cases of murdered Indigenous women in the country, at a time many were calling for a national inquiry into unsolved cases.

Jeanenne shared the Aberdeen home with her mother, Lana, who Rhonda says is now homeless.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Lana Fontaine.

“She has nothing. She has no clothes, no furniture, nothing. She has nowhere to go,” Flett said. “All she’s concentrating on right now is her daughter.”

Flett said the family is desperate for answers.

“If anybody had answers out there for us, please come forward,” Flett said. “Our family needs closure. We’ve been through enough with Tina.”

Winnipeg police are asking anyone with information about the fire is asked to call police at 204-786-8477.

aberdeen house fire

Jeanenne Fontaine was found at this home on Aberdeen Avenue on Tuesday. (Travis Golby/CBC)

Vigil planned for Saturday

Jeanenne’s death is the second time an Indigenous woman was shot and killed in Winnipeg in the past three days.

On Sunday, Shania Chartrand, 21, was shot and later died of her injuries. The young woman was from Lake Manitoba First Nation and Chief Cornell McLean said her death devastated the community.

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Kim Kostiuk, a volunteer with Drag the Red, said she was shocked and heartbroken at the pair of deaths and the news Jeanenne was related to Tina Fontaine. She’s organizing a vigil for Jeanenne on Saturday at the Aberdeen home.

Kim Kostiuk

Kim Kostiuk says she’s shocked and heartbroken by two deaths of Indigenous women in three days in Winnipeg. (Facebook)

“We want this to be out there. We want this to stop. We need this violence to stop,” Kostiuk said. “…We are human beings just like everybody else. We don’t deserve this. Nobody deserves this.”

Kostiuk said women in her community no longer feel safe and she wants to see change.

“We need more resources, for certain. We need more women’s shelters, definitely. More addictions programs,” she said.

“We need to do more marches to support women. We need to put it out there in the community. We need to do these vigils to let people know that we need to take back what is rightfully ours: the community. We need to stand up and say let’s stop this violence, we’ve had enough.

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Family of Lake Manitoba Woman Shot in West Broadway Devastated, Chief Says

Winnipeg police say Shania Chartrand, 21, died after being shot in West Broadway over the weekend. She is from Lake Manitoba First Nation, and Chief Cornell McLean says her death has left the community devastated. (Facebook)

Shania Chanel Chartrand, 21, died after being found shot on Spence Street Sunday night

CBC News: Mar 15, 2017

Members of Lake Manitoba First Nation are devastated after the killing of a woman from the community in Winnipeg last weekend, the First Nation’s chief says.

Shania Chanel Chartrand, 21, was taken to hospital after being found in West Broadway with gunshot wounds Sunday night, but died of her injuries.

“She’s been taken too soon by this tragic event,” Lake Manitoba Chief Cornell McLean said.

“I’m devastated myself for the community. She touched a lot of hearts.”

Police investigate the homicide scene on Spence Street on Monday morning. (CBC)

McLean said Chartrand came from a large Lake Manitoba First Nation family.

“She was the second youngest child … It’s been very hard on the family,” he said.

McLean said Chartrand was living in Winnipeg and he often gave her rides to the city after she came back to Lake Manitoba to visit her family.

He said while there are rumours swirling about what may have happened to her, there are still more questions than answers.

“I know that she wasn’t involved in any gang activity. I do know that for sure,” Mclean said.

“It could have just been wrong place wrong time for her,” McLean said.

After reports of gunshots in the area, police located Chartrand on Spence Street, between Portage Avenue and Broadway, just after 10 p.m. Sunday night.

There haven’t been any arrests related to the shooting yet.

Homicide investigators are asking anyone with information or surveillance video to contact them at 204-986-6508 or through Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

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Suspect Charged In Connection With Homicide Of Ramsey Whitefish

Ramsey Whitefish leaves College Park Court in 2004 after the two police officers accused of assaulting him were acquitted. The bandages on his face are the result of a recent car accident. (TONY BOCK / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO)

Ramsey Whitefish leaves College Park Court in 2004 after the two police officers accused of assaulting him were acquitted. (TONY BOCK / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO)

By Black Powder | Red Power Media, Staff, May 20, 2016

Suspect arrested for Toronto’s 30th homicide after aboriginal man found dead

Police have identified an aboriginal man found dead in Toronto’s Church-Wellesley Village earlier this week as 42-year-old Ramsey Whitefish.

According to a Toronto Police Service News Release, on Wednesday, May 18, at 12:04 a.m., police responded to an Unknown Trouble call in the Yonge Street and Gloucester Street area.

Whitefish was found in front of 60 Gloucester St and was pronounced dead on the scene, says the Daily Xtra.

He had suffered obvious physical trauma.

Whitefish’s family has been notified of his death.

The Toronto Star reports, Whitefish, for some two decades, since arriving in the city from a reserve in the Turtle Island area — Whitefish was part Sioux, part Ojibway — had been among the chronically homeless, with its drastic over-representation of aboriginals that can be found to be sleeping rough, that is outside, in parks, on benches and inside doorways.

“He was always on the fringe of homelessness,” says Joe Hester, executive director of Anishnawbe Health Toronto, where Whitefish had once volunteered, sometimes going on street patrols, and where he’d shown up with an issue just a few days before his murder. “Homeless people are generally vulnerable people that don’t have what the rest of us take for granted — a stable environment, family, friends, shelter. He was a vulnerable individual.’’

Police are shown at the scene of a suspicious death investigation on Gloucester Street near Yonge Street early Wednesday morning.

Police are shown at the scene of a suspicious death investigation on Gloucester Street near Yonge Street early Wednesday morning.

Suspect charged with second-degree murder

Detective Paul Worden told CP24, Whitefish frequented the downtown core, but was living in a rooming house near where he was found. Police had been called to the rooming house within the last 48 hours regarding a disturbance between Whitefish and his roommate, he said.

Homicide investigators believe Whitefish was attacked by his roommate. A rock found at the scene – roughly the size of a bowling ball – is believed to have been used in the assault, Worden said.

A suspect was arrested after investigators learned that he was appearing at Old City Hall, Wednesday morning on another matter.

Trevor Severin, 24, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Whitefish.

Severin, appeared in mental health court on Thursday. He was determined to be mentally unfit for the proceeding. A treatment order was issued for psychiatric assessment, with a next court date of June 24.

Whitefish is Toronto’s 30th homicide this year.

No family member has yet come forward to claim Whitefish’s body. But there are plans to hold a memorial — sending-home ceremony — for Whitefish.

Calgary Police Look To Speak With Man In Connection With Murder Of Christa Cachene

Christa's family made an emotional statement and pleaded with those who attended her party Saturday to come forward and help with the investigation. (Left) Aj Cachene (brother), Leslie Whitehead (father), Nancy Cachene (mother), Jaci Cachene (sister), Julian Redwood (bother-in-law).

Christa’s family made an emotional statement and pleaded with those who attended her party Saturday to come forward and help with the investigation. (Left) Aj Cachene (brother), Leslie Whitehead (father), Nancy Cachene (mother), Jaci Cachene (sister), Julian Redwood (bother-in-law). LUCIE EDWARDSON- METRO

By Red Power Media, Staff, Updated Oct 14, 2015

Family Have Identified Homicide Victim Found In Calgary Home

Police are asking the public to help them track down an 18-year-old Calgary man they want to speak with in connection with a weekend murder.

Christa Cachene’s family are asking anyone who knows anything about her death to come forward.

Police were called to the 0-100 block of Ranchlands Bay N.W. at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, where they found Cachene’s body.

Calgary City Police hold the scene at a homicide on Ranchlands Bay NW in Calgary, Ab., on Monday October 12, 2015. Mike Drew/Calgary Sun/Postmedia Network Mike Drew/Calgary Sun

Calgary City Police hold the scene at a homicide on Ranchlands Bay NW in Calgary, Ab., on Monday October 12, 2015. Mike Drew/Calgary Sun/Postmedia

Police believe Cachene hosted a party Saturday night in her home.

Staff Sgt. Colin Chisholm said Cachene was found dead as a result of a “vicious beating”, which took place early Sunday morning after the party had ended.

A photo of 18-year-old Isaiah Riel Rider, of Calgary, has been released.

Police say they believe Rider was at the party and that he is wanted on a province-wide warrant for assault as well as a Canada-wide warrant for breaching a conditional sentencing order.

This photo was publicly visible on Rider's Facebook profile. FACEBOOK

This photo was publicly visible on Rider’s Facebook profile. FACEBOOK

Rider is described as an Aboriginal male, approximately six-foot-two, 155 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Rider’s whereabouts is asked to call the Calgary Police Service’s non-emergency line at 403.266.1234 or the Homicide Unit Tip line at 403.428.8877. Tips can also be left anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers.

Homicide victim Christa Cachene. FACEBOOK

Homicide victim Christa Cachene. FACEBOOK

Just days before her death, Cachene, 26, posted a video to her Facebook page reminding friends and family that time is valuable.

“So I realize that time is very, very valuable,” she said. “That’s a piece of your life you will never ever be able to get back, so be careful who you spend your time with.”

Video: Chryss Cache, Time is valuable 

Friends took to the social media platform to express their shock and sadness at Cachene’s passing.

Elena Tatiana commented “Going to miss you, homie” on a photo of Cachene, while Ben DoverMeow said “Rest In Paradise Christa Cachene.  Love you Cous.”

FB

Updated: Calgary police have confirmed RCMP located Isaiah Riel Rider and he is now in custody.

Justice System Rejected Protecting ‘Selena Keeper’ From Man Accused Of Murdering Her

Selena Rose Keeper was found with serious injuries in the 400-block of Flora Avenue at 8 a.m. Thursday. She was rushed to hospital in critical condition, but later pronounced dead.

Selena Rose Keeper was found with serious injuries in the 400-block of Flora Avenue at 8 a.m. Thursday. She was rushed to hospital in critical condition, but later pronounced dead.

By Red Power Media, Staff, Updated, Oct 14, 2015

Winnipeg’s Latest Homicide Victim Had Application For Protection Order Dismissed. 

The justice system has once again failed to effectively protect an Indigenous woman.

Five months before she was brutally beaten to death in a North End Winnipeg neighbourhood, Selena Keeper, 20, was denied a protection order against the same man now accused of murdering her.

Keeper, was found with serious injuries in the 400-block of Flora Avenue at 8 a.m., the morning of Oct 8th. She was rushed to hospital in critical condition, but later pronounced dead.

A Police investigation has revealed Keeper and her former boyfriend — 20 year-old, Ray William Everett, had gone to a residence, where Everett began assaulting Keeper repeatedly in the upper body. Witnesses attempted to stop the attack, but the assault continued.

The victim was left unresponsive outside the residence.

Everett was located by Police and arrested in the 500 block of Selkirk Avenue.

Everett has been charged with second-degree murder and remanded into custody.

His prior convictions include robbery and weapons related charges.

 Justice of the peace rejects protecting Keeper. 

Court records show that Keeper had applied for a protection order against Everett in May 2015, and it was marked dismissed the day after it was filed.

Keeper spoke by phone May 19 to a justice of the peace based in Brandon, Man., and alleged that she had been hit, kicked and beaten regularly by Ray William Everett.

In a recording of the May 19 hearing, Keeper tells justice of the peace Debra Motuz that she was regularly beaten during a two-year relationship with Everett, even while she was pregnant with the couple’s child.

“He would always kick me to the corners and try and kick my tummy. He would punch me. It was like an everyday routine.”

The couple broke up in 2014, but Everett continued to seek her out, Keeper said. Last December, when the two were drinking together, she was assaulted and police were called, she said.

“I just remember waking up in the hospital with four stitches on my nose — a fractured nose, a bruised face and a concussion.”

Keeper’s decision to seek a protection order was promoted by an encounter April 9 in which she told the hearing Everett “slapped me across the face.”

Selena Rose Keeper told a justice of the peace her ex abused her even when she was pregnant with their child.

Keeper filed a sworn affidavit to support her testimony, but none of the allegations was proven in court.

She also said she was concerned Everett had access to weapons because he belonged to a street gang.

Motuz rejected the application for a protection order, which would have prevented the man from contacting Keeper in any way.

“It’s an extraordinary remedy to be granted a protection order and it’s only to be granted when serious and urgent circumstances indicate a need for prompt action to protect the victim,” Motuz said toward the end of the 15-minute hearing.

“Based on the time frame — today being May 19, which is some five to six weeks after the last incident — I am not satisfied that you require protection on an immediate basis.”

The justice of the peace formally dismissed the application and asked Keeper if she understood.

“All right?”

“Yeah,” Keeper replied softly.

Selena Rose Keeper was found with serious injuries in the 400-block of Flora Avenue at 8 a.m. Oct. 8, 2015. She was rushed to hospital in critical condition, but later pronounced dead. ORG XMIT: QR0QdyaSyLvTvaPO7oNl

Selena Rose Keeper told a justice of the peace her ex abused her even when she was pregnant with their child. FACEBOOK

Canadian justice system has repeatedly failed.

The Canadian justice system has repeatedly failed to put an end to the epidemic of violence against indigenous women.

The justice system failed to respond appropriately to Keeper’s request for protection and the level of violence she had faced.

Discrimination against indigenous women is also embedded in the criminal justice system in Canada.

Canada’s justice system must make changes in order to take immediate and comprehensive action to prevent, investigate, and punish acts of violence perpetrated against Indigenous women.

Winnipeg: Simone Sanderson’s Family Plans Vigil For 23-Year-Old Killed In North End

Simone Sanderson was killed in Winnipeg at age 23. Nearly three years after her death, her family are still looking for answers about who is responsible. (Family photo)

Simone Sanderson was killed in Winnipeg at age 23. Nearly three years after her death, her family are still looking for answers about who is responsible. (Family photo)

CBC News

Homicide victim’s family frustrated with police investigation into the death of young mom

More than two years have passed since 23-year-old Simone Sanderson was killed, and still her family is waiting for answers about what happened to her.

The woman was found dead near a lot at the corner of Burrows Avenue and Main Street in September 2012.

Days later, Winnipeg police declared her death a homicide. Since then, they’ve released few details about what happened to her.

“I have every right to know … who murdered her,” said her grandmother, Bettyann Sanderson.

Bettyann said she’s frustrated with the investigation into Simone’s death – and is particularly worried police haven’t followed up on a lead from 2013.

She said her family gave officers a license plate of a car that Simone was last seen getting into.

“What I’m really curious about is that license plate number – that car – that man,” said Bettyann. “I want police to find out who’s this car that picked Simone up? Can you find that out? Can you please tell me who it is?”

Her younger sister Ashley said Simone was in a bad spot before she was killed.

Simone Sanderson

Simone Sanderson was 23 when she was killed. Her body was found in a lot in Winnipeg’s North End in 2012. (Family photo)

“You could tell she was struggling,” Ashley said.

She said her sister was involved with drugs and drinking but she wasn’t involved in the sex trade, as police have reported previously.

“I know she wasn’t selling herself,” said Ashley. “She was a good person. She was caring … she was a good friend and she was a good mom.”

Ashley said she hopes the memorial walk drums up clues into her sister’s killing.

“I just want whoever’s out there, hopefully they see it, and just to remind them how much people loved Simone, and they should come forward and give us some closure,” said Ashley. “We want justice.”

The walk is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. at the corner of Burrows and Main.

If you have any information on Simone Sanderson’s case or any other unsolved cases involving missing or murdered indigenous women, email our team at mmiw@cbc.ca.

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Daniel Paul Arrested In Connection With Girlfriend’s Homicide

Daniel Alphonse Paul has been arrested, according to the family of his girlfriend who was found dead last month in East Vancouver. (Vancouver police)

Daniel Alphonse Paul has been arrested, according to the family of his girlfriend who was found dead last month in East Vancouver. (Vancouver police)

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The family of a murdered woman says her boyfriend Daniel Paul was arrested by Vancouver Police on Wednesday.

The body of Rose Paul, a mother of five, was found March 3 in the basement suite of a home on East 22nd Avenue in Vancouver. Now her sister, Candace Paul, says she got a call from police saying he was arrested by two female police officers a month later.

“He was tried denying who he was and they’ll be busy with him for hours tonight,” Candace told CBC News.

“I can breathe now. It’s been so emotional and scary. Every day has been emotional. Just memories of my sister everywhere. We don’t have to be in fear anymore.”

Rose Paul

The body of Rose Paul, a mother of five, was found Mar. 3 in the basement suite of a home on East 22nd Avenue in Vancouver. (Vancouver Police Department)

Vancouver police had offered a $10,000 for information on Daniel Paul’s whereabouts in mid-March. They said Daniel Paul has a history of committing violent offences against women and it was possible that people who know him are helping him.

Daniel Paul was arrested after two officers spotted him riding his bike downtown. When confronted, he initially denied who he was, allegedly, but was arrested without incident.

Rose’s uncle, Howard Paul, added “I’m extremely happy that they finally caught him after a month on the run.”

‘Rosie’ — as she was known to family — was raising five girls aged eight to 19. She was described as beautiful, outgoing and loving.

“She helped all the young girls with the struggles of life,” Candace Paul said.

Walk to P.A. a healing journey ‘Positive way of dealing with the loss’

Pernell Ballantyne, centre, the brother of a woman who died last week, is walking from Saskatoon to Prince Albert on what his family calls “a healing journey.” Photograph by: Greg Pender , The StarPhoenix

Pernell Ballantyne, centre, the brother of a woman who died last week, is walking from Saskatoon to Prince Albert on what his family calls “a healing journey.”
Photograph by: Greg Pender , The StarPhoenix

BY SEAN TREMBATH, THE STARPHOENIX

The brother of a woman who died earlier this month is walking from Saskatoon to Prince Albert on what his family calls “a healing journey.”

“It’s a positive way of dealing with the loss, and to have awareness of our aboriginal women who are lost,” said Pernell Ballantyne’s wife, Dionne Doucette.

Ballantyne’s sister Monica Burns, who grew up on the James Smith Cree Nation, was found dead on a snowmobile trail near Prince Albert on Jan. 17.

Doucette said a friend visited Ballantyne while he was mourning, and a discussion between them sparked the idea for the walk. Ballantyne embarked from Saskatoon on Tuesday, walking along the side of the highway.

Doucette said he is expected to reach Prince Albert by Thursday.

She said the family is drawing strength from the hardship Ballantyne faces on the long walk.

“He’s a strong man, and he is suffering,” she said.

She referenced the continuing issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women, adding it’s particularly troubling because of the sacred position of women in aboriginal culture.

“Men should be taught to treat our women with respect,” she said.

Ballantyne’s walk is not a political statement, Doucette noted — it’s about the family banding together and healing.

“Instead of turning to negative things like substance abuse, we’re getting together,” she said.

RCMP have said they’re treating Burns’ death as a homicide. A news conference is scheduled for Wednesday in Regina to release some new information about the case.