BARRIE, ONT. – The Ontario Provincial Police have now charged a new murder suspect in connection with a fatal stabbing in Wasaga Beach on Sunday, and have lowered the charges against two other men, all from the GTA.
The Huronia West OPP issued a statement on Wednesday, saying it charged Micha Duran, 25, of Brampton, with second degree murder in the death of Mustafa Khaleel.
“Interviews were conducted and evidence examined. Thanks to all the hard work, we were able to piece together what happened so tragically on Sunday the 13th and identified the person responsible for the knife attack in Mustafa Khaleel, ”said OPP Detective Inspector Martin Graham. News from CTV.
Police said Khaleel, 23, was found dead on Beach 1, with stab wounds. OPP Detective Inspector Martin Graham said there was no evidence the victim knew her alleged killer, but said the violence was not random.
“It seems to have happened between two groups of people who were on the beach late in the evening from Saturday to Sunday,” Graham said.
About 30 people were on the beach at the time, but police said it was unclear how many people were involved in the deadly altercation.
Police said two other people were injured in the scuffle. They were treated and released from the hospital.
Police also said murder charges against a 21-year-old man in Etobicoke and a 25-year-old man from Brampton were dropped. The OPP said everyone is now charged with one count of assault with a weapon.
“Two previous people, a 21-year-old and a 25-year-old, two adult men who had previously been charged with second degree murder in this case. Their charges were withdrawn in the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie. today. They were subsequently charged with assault with a weapon, each counted. And they were released on conditions, “Graham told CTV News.
Both were released from police custody following a court appearance.
“The evidence supports the charges as laid in this case at this point. While it is unusual to withdraw the charges, it has been found necessary when the evidence that was previously did not meet the required standard.” Graham said.
Duran was remanded in custody after his first court appearance on Wednesday.
The Ontario Provincial Police are awarding public assistance to help find those responsible in this matter. “As with any investigation, identifying witnesses and those with information on any crime is vital to resolving and completing any investigation and this is no different. Members of the public have come forward in addition to the video that has been provided to us by the Town of Wasaga Beach have greatly helped identify what happened in this incident, ”Graham said.