Accused in murder case appears in Charlottetown court

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The teen charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of a Charlottetown man appeared in court this morning.

Marc Periard and his dog Dutch, members of the RCMP police dog services, comb the yard of a home on Brows Lane in Charlottetown Saturday after a man was stabbed to death on the premises Friday night. Periard is assisting the Charlottetown Police Services because the department no longer has a police dog service.

The 17-year-old girl, dressed in a pink tee shirt, black pants and sneakers, had her hands cuffed and feet shackled during a brief appearance in provincial court.

Crown attorney Valerie Moore sought and received an adjournment until Aug. 19 for show cause.

Moore told the judge the matter is still being investigated.

The accused, who cannot be identified, was taken to the Provincial Youth Centre in Summerside in a police car a short time after being escorted out of the courtroom.

Friends of the teen wiped away tears as they told The Guardian that they were too overwhelmed with emotion to comment on the situation.

The teenager was arrested early Saturday morning about five hours after the stabbing.

Police have identified the victim as 45-year-old Kent David Gallant of Charlottetown.

An autopsy was performed Sunday.

Cause of death was determined to be from a stab wound to the chest.

Organizations: Provincial Youth Centre

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Summerside

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