A Saskatchewan jail guard is facing a charge of accessory to murder after the fact and accessory to attempted murder after the fact in the stabbing death of a Saskatoon man and the injury of another man.
Tanya Beauchamp, 31, made her first court appearance on the charges Tuesday in Saskatoon.
Also in court was Randy Michael Merasty, 28, accused of second-degree murder and attempted murder. Police said they were still looking for a third "person of interest."
Judy Orthner, a spokeswoman for the Corrections, Public Safety and Policing Ministry, confirmed to CBC News that Beauchamp is a guard at the Saskatoon Provincial Correctional Centre.
Beauchamp and Merasty are accused in the death Sunday of Jackson McKenzie and injuries to a 23-year-old man whose name has not been released.
According to police, McKenzie and the other man were found outside a liquor store on the 100 block of Ruth Street, suffering from stab wounds around 1 a.m. CST Sunday.
McKenzie died in hospital. The other man is still being treated for his injuries.
Arrested north of city
Police said Beauchamp and Merasty were taken into custody Monday in the Dalmeny area, about 30 kilometres north of Saskatoon.
Police said their investigation included executing a search warrant on a Dalmeny-area home where they seized a vehicle and other evidence.
Orthner told CBC News that Beauchamp was suspended from her job as soon as officials learned of the charges.
According to various sources, including Saskatoon police, McKenzie was a member of street gang known as the Terror Squad. His death was the city's ninth homicide of 2010, police said.
Orthner added that because Beauchamp is a guard, officials will not disclose where she is being held in custody.
"In situations where we have corrections workers who've been charged with a crime, with a criminal act, and would be put on remand, we would typically ensure that they're in a correctional centre where their location isn't disclosed," she said.
Sounded like fight
One person who was in the area when the stabbings took place told CBC News he heard a commotion.
"I thought it was just a fist fight, something like that," Pat Estabrooks, a Swift Current guitar player and singer with a band told CBC News.
Estabrooks was taking a cigarette break from a show at the bar Stan's Place when he heard the noise coming from a nearby back street. "I didn't really know what was going on, totally, to tell you the truth. Because being in a band we see lots of fights and stuff like that quite often."
Estabrooks said the yelling turned then to screaming.
"And then I saw kind of a guy with a slight build come along and jump in a red Cavalier or Sunbird, or something like that, and kinda peeled out of the parking lot," Estabrooks said. "The next thing I saw was a guy coming, walking along, carrying his shirt and bleeding."
Estabrooks said he later learned that man was McKenzie.
Estabrooks said he was hustled back inside the club by the manager and told to start playing right away, to distract customers from what was happening outside.
Beauchamp and Merasty remained in custody after their appearances Tuesday. Their next court date was set for Nov. 2.