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Woman dead of apparent homicide in Toronto

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Police say a 24-year-old woman was murdered in Toronto in mid-September, and the man accused of her murder is now in custody. Toronto police arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with the apparent homicide, who now stands charged with several different crimes. He was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Sept. 21.

Toronto police say they responded to a call to a residential location around 2 p.m. the afternoon of Sept. 17. They apparently found a 50-year-old woman who was suffering from non life-threatening injuries. She told them an armed man was inside the building. The man was allegedly carrying a knife, causing police to enter with caution.

Once inside, they found a 24-year-old woman suffering from what appeared to be multiple stab wounds. She was rushed to a local hospital for treatment, but succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead on Sept. 19. The man accused of attacking her now faces multiple charges, including assault, five counts of assaulting a peace officer and a charge of attempted murder that has since been upgraded to first-degree murder.

A homicide charge carries with it a high burden of proof for Toronto prosecutors. They must prove beyond a reasonable doubt the man stabbed the victim deliberately and with premeditation, and that he proceeded to attack police officers dispatched to apprehend him. His defense representation will surely carefully review the facts of the case to prepare and present a strong defense aimed at protecting the client’s legal rights while focused on achieving the most favorable resolution possible.

Source: Toronto Sun, “Toronto woman dies after stabbing, man charged with murder“, Sept. 20, 2017

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