Edmonton police charge woman with manslaughter in connection with 2015 assault

A man has been charged with a 2016 sexual assault of a woman he met online.
A man has been charged with a 2016 sexual assault of a woman he met online. The Canadian Press Images/Francis Vachon

A 47-year-old woman has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a 2015 attack in a central Edmonton apartment.

Edmonton police said officers were called to an apartment unit near 100 Avenue and 114 Street on the evening of March 18, 2015. When they arrived, officers found a man unconscious on the floor before he was rushed to hospital.

Police said an investigation led them to believe the man was attacked by a woman he knew two days before police were called to the apartment. However, no charges were laid at the time.

According to police, 47-year-old Warren Todd McLeod died on Feb. 3, 2016 of injuries he incurred in the attack. An autopsy revealed he died of complications from “blunt force head injuries.”

On Wednesday, police arrested 47-year-old Joelle Reich and charged her with manslaughter, causing death by criminal negligence and failing to provide the necessaries of life.

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The Edmonton Police Service’s homicide unit continues to investigate the death and investigators believe two more males were involved in the attack on McLeod.

Anyone with information about the assault is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.

This is Edmonton’s 26th homicide of 2016.