October 26th, 2020

Police charge Lethbridge man with second-degree murder


By Lethbridge Herald on May 4, 2020.

Herald photo by Ian Martens - Police tape marks the front of the Westwinds apartment building as police investigated a suspicious death last week. Second-degree murder charges have now been laid in the case. @IMartensHerald

Delon Shurtz
Lethbridge Herald
dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com
A 27-year-old Lethbridge man has been charged in the death of another man following a fight at a southside residence last week.
Jason Paul James Crane Chief was charged with second-degree murder after the victim was found dead April 27 in his apartment building in the 1200 block of 4 Avenue South.
Police said that during the previous evening the victim had been inside his apartment socializing with acquaintances when the fight broke out and the victim sustained fatal injuries. When a friend went to the apartment the following day the victim was unresponsive and police were notified.
Police arrested Crane Chief last Friday without incident and the accused has been remanded to appear in court Monday.
Insp. Jason Walper of the Lethbridge Police Service said Monday during a news conference that drugs were present at the gathering and a weapon was used during the fight. And because several people were at the residence, additional arrests are possible.
Police are not identifying the victim.
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