Accused's charge upgraded to murder after Saskatoon hospital attack victim dies

Saskatoon police have charged Kevin Witchekan, 39, with second-degree murder in the death of Randy Beauchesne.

Family says Randy Beauchesne was attacked in hospital cafeteria by person with a screwdriver on June 13

A man and a young woman face the camera, with their arms around each other.
Randy Beauchesne and his daughter Danya Beauchesne. (Submitted by Danya Beauchesne)

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The 39-year-old accused of attacking a man at Saskatoon's Royal University Hospital in June has now been charged with murder, police say.

Kevin Witchekan is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Randy Beauchesne, Saskatoon police said Thursday.

Beauchesne, 55, was attacked on June 13 at Royal University Hospital. He suffered critical injuries and died this past weekend.

Witchekan was originally charged with attempted murder, but police said Thursday the charge has now been upgraded.

He was scheduled to appear in provincial court Thursday on the new charge.

Beauchesne's daughter Danya told CBC News last month that her father was at the hospital cafeteria on the night of June 13 when a man came up behind him and drove a screwdriver through his skull.

Saskatoon police said they believe the attack was a case of mistaken identity, meaning Beauchesne wasn't the intended victim.

His death is the city's seventh homicide of 2022, police said.

With files from Yasmine Ghania