Sus­pects ar­rested, charged, a year af­ter deadly Win­nipeg fire

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

WIN­NIPEG — Mur­der charges have been laid against two Win­nipeg men af­ter a room­ing house fire in the city that killed two peo­ple. Brenda Camp­bell, who was 51, and a 61-year-old man, John McKin­non Ben­don, died in the north-end home last July.

Five other peo­ple were in the room­ing house at the time and in­ves­ti­ga­tors later said they be­lieved the blaze was linked to the drug trade. Po­lice say Jonathon Gra­ham Barstad, who was al­ready in cus­tody on an un­re­lated mat­ter, was ar­rested Thurs­day, while the sec­ond ac­cused, Ed­ward Wade Beardy, was ar­rested the same day in the city’s north end.

The men, both in their mid30s, are fac­ing two counts each of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der and ar­son with dis­re­gard for life.

Po­lice also say the pair were known to them. (The Cana­dian Press, CTV Win­nipeg)

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