Regina police lay murder charge over death of woman, 24

Regina police are investigating a homicide after a Regina woman, 24, died early Thursday morning.

Police confirm city's 8th homicide of 2013

Tape marks the area on the 700 block of Athol St. where Regina police were investigating a homicide Thursday morning. (Jordan Jackle/CBC)

Regina police have laid a charge of second-degree murder following the death of a Regina woman, 24, early Thursday morning.

Police said officers were sent to the 700 block of Athol St. in the Washington Park area at around 3 a.m. CST in response to a report of two females fighting in the street.

When they got there, they found a seriously injured woman lying on the ground. She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Later on Thursday, police released the name of the woman who died. She is Cassandra Joan Desjarlais.

Police said the woman charged was known to the victim.

The accused is 29-year-old Brianna Joyce Wesaquate, of Regina. She is in custody and set to make an appearance in court Friday morning.

Police said the incident is not connected to the discovery Wednesday of a 22-year-old woman's body in the same area.

Police have not called that earlier incident a homicide.

Neighbour saw people gathered on street

A neighbour told CBC News there were a number of people gathered on the street, drinking, early in the morning.

Somebody's cup got knocked over, and then something happened, unobserved, that led to everyone running away, the neighbour said. The people were seen heading toward a house on the block.

Later, police and an ambulance crew arrived on the scene and CPR was performed on a person on the ground, the neighbour said.

The Athol Street incident is the city's eighth homicide of 2013, police noted.

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