Ottawa

Charge laid in March death of Sandy Hill man

Ottawa police have charged a man with second-degree murder in connection with the March death of a 73-year-old man in the Sandy Hill area.

Ottawa police have charged a man with second-degree murder in connection with the March death of a 73-year-old man in the Sandy Hill area.

Police had found the body of Lawrence Chartier, who rode in a wheelchair, on March 16 in his basement apartment on Chapel Crescent. At the time, police said they were treating the death as suspicious.

But it wasn't until Thursday that police were able to say Chartier's death was the city's fifth homicide.

After his death, some neighbours had suggested Chartier might have associated with people in the drug trade.

Harry McGinnis, who lived next door at the subsidized housing complex, said at the time he couldn't understand why anyone would want his neighbour dead.

"He's harmless, he's in a wheelchair like me, his bark is worse than his bite," said McGinnis.

Michael Douglas Scales, 42, of no fixed address, is charged with second-degree murder and will appear in court on Thursday.

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