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Toronto man charged in connection with fatal January shooting in Fort Erie

Niagara police say charges have been laid against an 80-year-old who's accused of being impaired amid the fatal crash on Sept. 5, 2021. Francis Vachon / The Canadian Press

A Scarborough man has been added to the list of people facing charges in a murder investigation tied to the shooting deaths of Juliana Pannunzio and Christine Crooks at a Fort Erie Airbnb rental in January.

Homicide detectives say the 29-year-old was arrested on Wednesday and charged with accessory to murder after the fact. The accused is expected in a St. Catharines court on Thursday.

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Three people have now been charged for their alleged part in the death of 20-year-old Pannunzio from Windsor and 18-year-old Crooks of Toronto.

Investigators say multiple people from outside the Niagara region attended a gathering on Jan. 19 in a Fort Erie residence prior to the shootings.

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After the incident, investigators say no one remained at the scene when officers arrived.

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Niagara police say numerous tips have been coming in since a $100,000 reward for information leading to arrests was posted in July along with a photograph of three people who attended a party at the Niagara Region residence.

Trevor Barnett, of Scarborough, is the latest to be charged in connection with the murders.

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Barnett is facing an additional charge after he and an associate were found to be in possession of a quantity of illegal drugs.

Last Thursday, investigators revealed that Christopher Lucas, 22, of Scarborough, had been charged with the murders of both Pannunzio and Crooks.

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Heidi Bahler, 29, of Scarborough, was arrested on Monday morning and is facing a pair of charges — accessory to murder after the fact and obstructing justice.

 

 

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