Teen girl charged with first-degree murder after Charlottetown stabbing

Mitch MacDonald comment@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on July 14, 2014
STABBING

Published on 12 July 2014

Marc Periard and his dog Dutch, members of the RCMP police dog services, comb the yard of a home on Brows Lane in Charlottetown Saturday after a man was stabbed to death on the premises Friday night. Periard is assisting the Charlottetown Police Services because the department no longer has a police dog service.

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STABBING DEATH

Published on 12 July 2014

<p>A Charlottetown Police Services officer sits in his patrol car as he guards the house where the stabbing occurred in this Guardian file photo.</p>

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STABBING

Published on 12 July 2014

Police are still at the scene of a fatal stabbing Friday night at Brows Lane. Police were at the home off and on all day Saturday.

Photos by Guardian photo by Brian McInnis

STABBING

Published on 12 July 2014

A officer with the Charlottetown Police Services Saturday checks the lawn of a home on Brows Lane where a man was stabbed to death Friday night.

Photos by Guardian photo by Brian McInnis

STABBING

Published on 12 July 2014

Charlottetown Police Services officers Saturday investigate the scene of a murder on Brows Lane Friday night. A man was stabbed to death at a home.

Photos by Guardian photo by Brian McInnis

STABBING

Published on 12 July 2014

Marc Periard, of the RCMP police dog services, checks under some decking in the yard of a home on Brows Lane where a man was stabbed to death Friday night. Pierard is assisting the Charlottetown Police Services because the department no longer has a police dog service.

Photos by Guardian photo by Brian McInnis

STABBING DEATH

Published on 12 July 2014

This house at 182 Brows Lane was the scene of a stabbing death Friday night.&nbsp;

Photos by Guardian photo by Brian McInnis

Charlottetown police are hoping a forensic autopsy will reveal more details of a fatal stabbing Friday night that left a normally quiet residential neighborhood in shock.

A middle-aged city man is dead while a teenaged female is facing first-degree murder charges, say police.

A usually sedate Sherwood street was anything but that Friday night as police, firefighters and Island EMS responded to the fatal stabbing at a residence on the corner of St. Peter’s Road and Brows Lane.

Police confirmed the accused is a 17-year-old female living in Charlottetown who will be charged as a young offender.

“That’s one of the reasons we can’t name the accused,” said a Charlottetown police spokesperson.

Police responded to the incident at approximately 9:30 p.m. with a full forensic team having the road taped off in squares shortly after.

One officer confirmed the individual was arrested about five hours after the call came through.

The spokesperson said police arrested the accused at the scene of the crime.

The scene was still busy Saturday morning, with yellow police tape blocking the house and property while an officer guarded the scene.

While the tape and guard were gone in the afternoon, the dog unit had returned to make sure no stones had been left unturned in the investigation.

Several neighbours approached by The Guardian declined to speak about the incident on the record.

“The bottom line is it’s shocking,” said one individual who asked not to be named. “But people have to realize what happens anywhere else in the world can happen on P.E.I. too.”

While the stabbing was the talk of the town for much of the weekend, police gave few details on the incident.

The spokesperson said the public can likely expect a news release with updates to be released today.

He said new details would also likely be uncovered through a forensic autopsy on the victim that is being performed out of the province.

“That should bring some more clarity ... and there will probably be more information come to light as the investigation continues,” said the spokesperson.

He said police are also still interviewing possible witnesses to the crime.

“Anyone that may have seen or heard something. We follow up on all those leads.”

While individuals on social media were naming possible individuals involved and motives, police cautioned the public not to take much stock in those reports on the incident.

Police have also yet to release the identity of the victim.