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Saskatoon police have laid a charge in connection with the death of a man in a residence on Avenue C North, seen here in a Google photo. ((Google Street View))

A man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a Saskatoon man on the weekend.

Jake Ottertail, 32, was taken into custody Saturday after the body of 47-year-old Bert Haverkort was found in a home on the 1000 block of Avenue C North.

Ottertail made a brief first appearance on the charge in Saskatoon provincial court on Monday.

Watching the proceedings was Christina Haverkort, who told CBC News her brother Bert had moved to Saskatoon 1½ years ago from Ontario.

He was hoping to make a fresh start and recently had taken steps to turn his life around, she said.

"He was proud of himself," she said. "He got a job, a place to live and he was happy. He told me on the phone that he was living the life that he wanted to live."

Neighbours told CBC News that before police arrived at the house on Saturday, it sounded like there was a fight going on, with yelling and the sound of glass breaking.

Christina Haverkort said she wouldn't be surprised if alcohol played a role in what happened.

"There was a lot of alcohol. There's an argument between my brother and his roommate Jake and the witness that was there at the house, he witnessed them fighting and he was getting a little concerned," she said.

Ottertail has been remanded in custody until a date can be set for a bail hearing.

Haverkort said she came to court to see the man charged with killing her brother, but she emerged from court more sad than angry.

"I mean, I feel for the guy, right. I feel for my brother being caught up in this mess," she said.

Police said it appears the victim died from blunt force trauma. An autopsy had been ordered for Monday morning.

It's the city's sixth homicide of 2010, the police said.