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Man accused of killing relatives faces upgraded charges

CBC News has learned the man accused of killing a Calgary mother and her five-year-old son will soon be facing even more serious charges.

Wilson Clorina charged in stabbing death of Chona Manzano and her young son Gabrial

Wilson Clorina's lawyer says his client now faces first-degree murder charges in the death of his cousin's wife and son. (Facebook)

CBC News has learned the man accused of killing a Calgary mother and her five-year-old son will soon be facing even more serious charges.

Wilson Clorina's second-degree murder charges are to be upgraded to first-degree at his next court appearance, according to his lawyer who received a letter from the Crown prosecutor Friday.  

"The Crown is always entitled to pursue the charges they feel are the most viable," said defence lawyer Jim Lutz.    

"Problem is on paper it doesn't take into account a lot of the issues in terms of witnesses, Mr. Clorina's account of the events and all those things, so while on paper that may be the right decision, who knows where that will lead."  

The 26-year-old was arrested after Chona Manzano and her son Gabrial were found stabbed to death in their Evanston home in May.  

Clorina is the cousin of Manzano's husband.  

He is also charged with sexual interference and sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl over a three-year period.   

A first-degree murder conviction comes with an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.   

Clorina's next court appearance is Aug. 22.