May 8, 2014 2:59 pm

UPDATE: RCMP lay charges after fatal stabbing at Wetaskiwin restaurant

McDonald's restaurant in Wetaskiwin. May 7, 2014

Wes Rosa, Global News

EDMONTON -The RCMP has charged 48-year-old Casey Lee Lightning with second-degree murder after a man was fatally stabbed in a Wetaskiwin McDonald’s Tuesday night.

Officers say the victim was 33-year-old Jonathon Greene.

Both Lightning and Greene are residents of Samson Cree Nation.

The RCMP says Wetaskiwin officers responded to reports of a stabbing at the McDonald’s at around 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

The victim was taken to hospital where he died from his injuries.

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The RCMP says staff and witnesses tried to help the victim, and also helped by identifying and locating the suspect, who ran away from the scene.

With the assistance of the RCMP Police Dog Service, Lightning was found and arrested in an alleyway near the McDonald’s restaurant.

The restaurant was cordoned off with police tape Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, but was reopened for the day.

The Wetaskiwin RCMP, with the assistance of the RCMP Major Crimes Unit and Forensic Identification Section continue to investigate.

The investigation so far suggests that this homicide is not gang related.

Anyone with information regarding this homicide is asked to call the Wetaskiwin RCMP Detachment at 780-312-7267 or Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS).

Lightning was remanded and appeared in Wetaskiwin Provincial court earlier Thursday. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 29.


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