Murder charge laid in death of man near Saskatoon bar

Police in Saskatoon have charged two people in the death of Dustin Boulet, 29, outside of a Saskatoon bar early Saturday.

Family members say Dustin Boulet was celebrating his birthday before he was stabbed

Police are investigating a homicide outside of the Beer and Wine Store connected to Bridges Ale House and Eatery. (Madeline Kotzer/CBC)

Police in Saskatoon have laid a second degree murder charge in the stabbing death of Dustin Boulet, 29, outside bar on the city's west side. 

It happened early Saturday morning in the parking lot of the Cold Beer and Wine Store connected to Bridges Ale House and Eatery.

Police say they were dispatched after midnight with a report that a person was hurt outside of the bar, which is on 22nd Street West. Officers arrived to find the 3 men hurt at the scene. They were all taken to hospital, though police issued a release later in the morning to say one of them, later confirmed as Boulet, had died, and that police were investigating a homicide. 
Dustin Boulet smiles in this Facebook photo dated May, 2012. The 29-year-old is the subject of a homicide investigation after family members say he was stabbed outside of a Saskatoon bar early March 1, 2014. (Facebook)

A manager from the store told CBC police reviewed surveillance video from the parking lot Saturday.

Early Sunday morning police issued another release to say that a man, 27, had been charged with second degree murder, along with two counts of aggravated assault. Another man, 24, is charged with accessory after the fact to second degree murder, and two counts of accessory after the fact to aggravated assault. 

Both men are set to appear before a Justice of the Peace Sunday.

Brother told Boulet was stabbed while defending a friend

Boulet's brother spoke to CBC about his brother's death. 

"He was defending his friend, apparently," said Chad Boulet. "There was something else going on outside, and there's another guy out there, six guys out there. Somebody stabbing people. So three people got stabbed, one including my brother."

Chad Boulet said his brother had been out celebrating his 29th birthday that evening. 

Saturday, he was able to spend time with his brother in hospital before he died. He remembers his brother as a loving guy and a sports fan.

"He was a good guy, a really good guy. And I am sure all of his friends can attest to that. He liked hockey, baseball, definitely loved his friends and family," he said. 

One other injured man released from hospital Saturday

Police are also referring to the other two injured men, both aged 30, as victims. One of them was released from hospital by Saturday afternoon, while the other was still being treated. He was described in serious but stable condition. Police have not said whether they were also stabbed.