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A 19-year-old Charlottetown man who is facing multiple charges, including second-degree murder, made a brief appearance before a justice of the peace Tuesday afternoon.
Officers with Charlottetown’s major crime unit brought Logan Raymond MacAusland to the provincial courthouse at around 3 p.m. after arresting him almost 12 hours earlier.
MacAusland is charged with the alleged murder of Cody Robert MacLean on Spring Street, in the capital city’s downtown.
MacAusland is also facing other charges that include assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.
Wearing a red sweatshirt and sweatpants and with his hands shackled, MacAusland sat in the prisoners’ box as the charges were read while a few people, including two police officers and several members of the media, listened.
MacAusland’s next court dates are scheduled for Feb. 14 before Judge John Douglas and Feb. 19 before Chief Judge Nancy Orr.
- 1:13 a.m., Police received a call of a fight in progress on Spring Street near Churchill Avenue in Charlottetown.
- Moments later, neighbours wake up after seeing the flashing lights of a police car and see a body on the ground.
- 2:15 a.m., the accused, Logan Raymond MacAusland, was located on Lower Malpeque Road by police and arrested after a brief struggle.
- 3 p.m., MacAusland, 19, appears before a justice of the peace in a Charlottetown courtroom.
The alleged murder would be the first in P.E.I. since Joel Lawrence Clow killed Traci Lynn Lynch in 2015.
Police received a call at 1:13 a.m. of a fight in progress on Spring Street near Churchill Avenue.
When the police arrived on the scene, the victim, Cody Robert MacLean, a 24-year-old Kingston man, was found with serious injuries.
Neighbours described the scene as overwhelming.
One man, who lives in the area, said when he looked out the window he saw a man on the ground in front of his neighbour’s house.
A young girl, who was on the scene, took her shirt off and gave it to the police officer who put the shirt on the body and then began to perform CPR, the eyewitness said.
“It was overwhelming,” he said. “I was just hoping the guy was OK.”
Within minutes, more police officers arrived on the scene, and police took turns performing CPR on the victim.
Paramedics then transported the man to hospital where he later died.
“When they lifted the body off the ground, it was limp,” said the neighbour. “I thought, ‘I don’t know if he’s going to make it’.”
“You never expect that to happen on P.E.I., right in front of your eyes,” he said.
Charlottetown Deputy Police Chief Brad MacConnell told The Guardian that it appears to be a stabbing, “but the autopsy hasn’t been completed yet, so we are waiting for the results of the autopsy to confirm the cause of death.”
At 2:15 a.m., less than an hour after receiving the initial police call, Charlottetown police located MacAusland on Lower Malpeque Road. He was arrested after a brief struggle.
Police say this was not a random assault.
Both men knew each other and both men were known to police.
MacConnell said homicides are rare in Charlottetown.
“These things are rare in our jurisdiction, so every time they do happen they draw a lot of attention and certainly make people take stock of their own safety,” he said.
The police recognize events such as this one are “significant instances” and they can undermine people’s perception of safety, he added.
“That’s why we try and communicate very clearly that there are no further public safety risks, that the incident is isolated and we have everyone responsible in custody to help restore that confidence in safety.”
Investigators are working to determine the cause of the violent encounter.
Police are not looking for any further suspects at this time.
The Charlottetown Police Services major crime unit continues to actively investigate the incident.