More information is coming to light in the homicide and home invasion investigation resulting from an incident Friday evening in Weyburn.
Twenty-three-year-old Keegan R. Muxlow, who was the resident of the home on Fourth Street NE, is charged with second-degree murder, after allegedly shooting and killing one of the three men who broke into his home.
Deputy Chief Rod Stafford with the Weyburn Police Service said Muxlow called the police around 9 p.m., stating that his house had been broken into by people with weapons.
"Mr. Muxlow was the only person present in the house when we arrived. About 15 minutes after that we received a phone call from the Weyburn General Hospital that two people had been brought in with various injuries and were believed involved in something that we were dealing with," said Stafford.
Twenty-three-year-old Dominick Hawkes and 18-year-old Nathan Hutt, both of Weyburn, were at the hospital when police arrived. Hawkes suffered from minor stab wounds and was treated and taken into custody. Hutt passed away from his injuries around midnight.
Twenty-five-year-old William N. McLeod of Weyburn was also allegedly involved in the home invasion. He turned himself in to police the following morning on January 5.
Hawkes and McLeod are charged with break and enter and committing assault, wearing a disguise during the commission of an offence, possession of a weapon for the purpose of committing an offence, and possession of a firearm without a valid license. Hawkes is also charged with possession of cocaine.
Stafford said even though the three men entered the home with one shotgun, they are all responsible for the weapon as far as the law is concerned.
"That's how the charge is laid when maybe only one person was actually holding it because they were all there, they knew it was there, they knew what their intention was. There is a couple provisions in the law that allow them to be charged for it as if they were the ones holding it themselves."
Stafford said the evidence shows that the only shots fired were from Muxlow's .22 calibre rifle.
The charges laid by police are standard procedure, according to Stafford, and self-defence theories are determined by the court process.
"Police departments have a lot of discretion in laying charges but in capital cases, I don't think that a police department would ever make a decision on its own not to lay a charge in a capital case where self-defence was either alleged or seemed like maybe even it was a case of self-defence," explained Stafford. "Perhaps a Crown Prosecutor, once they get the file and read it, will direct that charges be amended, or dropped, or added but, again, in a capital case, that decision is best left for a jury to decide once they hear all of the evidence.
Stafford said formal interviews with the suspects are still taking place and the motivation behind the incident is not yet known.
The three men remain in police custody and will be in Weyburn Provincial Court on Tuesday.
Stafford said they appreciate the support from the community during this difficult investigation, where many of the parties involved are known to officers. He urged people to respect the process and not be quick to pass judgement as all of the facts are not yet known.
It's been 23 years since Weyburn police were in charge of a homicide investigation, when Larry Havelange was charged with the murder of his common-law wife Susan Potyra in 1995.