Winnipeg, Manitoba – On May 30, 2014 shortly before 12:00 noon, a group came upon a male known to them while he was sleeping in the area of the 600 block of Century Street.
The male suspects proceeded to assault the victim about the body causing critical injuries. The suspects fled and sometime later a passer-by located the injured male. The victim, identified as Wayne Michael HARPER, 31 years-old was transported to hospital and pronounced deceased.
Members of the Homicide Unit and Major Crimes Unit became involved in a lengthy investigation.
After determining that the cause of death was as a result of blunt trauma and obtaining suspect information, investigators arrested Oliver James OKEMOW, 39 years-old on December 21, 2014 and charged him with Manslaughter due to his alleged involvement.
The investigation continued.
On September 13, 2016, a second suspect wanted by police turned himself into police.
Lionel BRANCONNIER, 51 years old has been charged with Manslaughter due to his alleged involvement.
He was remanded into custody.
Winnipeg Police Service