Murder charge dropped in Manchester industrial area fatal stabbing of Valeri Lomakine
Jordan Michael Hope, 28, was facing a 2nd-degree murder charge in stabbing death
A charge of second-degree murder has been dropped against a man accused of killing Valeri Lomakine in the Manchester Industrial area last September.
Jordan Michael Anthony Hope, 28, was arrested two weeks after Lomakine's body was discovered in an apartment building parkade in an area off Macleod Trail on the morning of Sept. 6, 2017.
At the time of Hope's arrest, police said the two men were "criminal associates" and described the homicide as a "drug-related death."
Defence lawyer Rebecca Snukal said, "One hundred per cent we would have raised the issue of self-defence."
The charge was stayed by the prosecution on Tuesday.
Hope has been out on bail and Snukal says her client is "very relieved that he can move on with his life."
A request for comment from the prosecution was made by CBC News but the Crown did not immediately respond.