Man succumbs to stabbing injuries, becomes city's second homicide of 2013
Published Tuesday, January 29, 2013 2:22PM MST
Last Updated Tuesday, January 29, 2013 2:31PM MST
Edmonton police have laid charges against a man in his 30s, after another man succumbed to injuries he suffered in an assault that took place in early January.
Police said the death and subsequent charges stem from an assault dating back to Jan. 3, at about 11 p.m. – when EPS West Division officers were called to a reported stabbing in a residence in the area of 117 Avenue and 127 Street.
The victim, identified as Jeffery Thomas, who was 40-years-old at the time, was rushed to hospital with serious injuries.
Investigators found the victim had been arguing with another man at the home before the reported stabbing – and police managed to track down the alleged assailant, Russell Thomas, 35, several blocks away.
The next day, Thomas was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon.
Police said Jeffery Thomas’ condition worsened in the following weeks – and the then 41-year-old man died Saturday.
An autopsy was conducted Monday afternoon, where injuries consistent with the stabbing were found to be the cause of death.
As a result, EPS Homicide detectives are working on upgrading the charges laid against Russell Thomas to second degree murder.
Police said the incident is not random, and the two men knew each other.
The accused has made his first court appearance, and remains in custody.
This is Edmonton's second homicide of 2013.