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Saskatoon Homicide Year In Review 2010
« on: December 31, 2010, 04:33:21 PM »
Busy year for Saskatoon homicide investigators
By Lori Coolican, The StarPhoenix December 31, 2010

The past year was a busy one for Saskatoon homicide investigators, who responded to nine separate killings around the city in 2010.

Murder and manslaughter charges have been laid against suspects in six of those cases, while three remain open investigations. Here they are, in chronological order:

(For a detailed map of all the homicides in Saskatoon in the past five years, look below the main story)

Jan. 23:

Michael Paul Gruending16-year-old male appeared in provincial court charged with second-degree murderDennis Weimadead on his living room sofa, with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head.

Two days later, police detectives went to Moose Jaw where they on a charge of second-degree murder. A preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin Jan. 31.

Feb. 26:

Adrienne Ermineodgers, a 44-year-old mother of two, was later charged stabbing of Tie Kyawa second injured man, age 50, about three blocks away.No arrests have been made.

May 14:

Sandra Marie Ramsay was a tiny 41-year-old woman who lived at The Lighthouse, a downtown assisted-living facility. She was strangled to death by her neighbour, a violent sex offender named James Lee Busch, over a $20 crack cocaine debt.0-year-old Ahmed Abdi Mohamudmanslaughter and robbery charges were laid against Bert Haverkort, 47, moved to Saskatoon from Markham, Ont., less than two years before he died. His co-workers at the local Roofmart manufacturing plant knew him as a friendly, dependable, unpretentious man.

Haverkort was beaten to death inside the rented house he shared with a roommate at 1012 Ave. C North. His roommate, 32-year-old Jake Ottertail, is charged with second-degree murder. No trial date has been set.

Aug. 26:

Police were responding to a report of an assault in the 600 block of Avenue M South when they found the body of 23-year-old Anthony GunnNo arrests have been made in connection with his death, and little information has been released.

Oct. 17:

Police believe the early morning stabbing death of Jackson McKenzie, 31, was connected to his involvement in a local street gang.

Officers were called to the scene outside a bar in the 100 block of Ruth Street around 1 a.m., where they found McKenzie and another injured man, 23-year-old Devon Napope. McKenzie was later pronounced dead in hospital, while Napope survived.

Two people were subsequently arrested in Dalmeny in connection with the incident.

Randy Merasty, 28, is accused of second-degree murder and attempted murder. His girlfriend Tanya Beauchamp, a 31-year-old employee of the Saskatoon Correctional Centre, is charged with being an accessory after the fact.