Halifax police lay murder charge in killing of man who faced sexual assault trial

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Halifax police have charged a 27-year-old man with second-degree murder in connection to the killing of a man who was about to face a high-profile rape trial.

Police discovered the body of 35-year-old Alexander Thomas, of East Preston, N.S., on Saturday at 1:45 a.m. after responding to a call at a residence on Braeside Court in a city suburb.

Thomas's upcoming trial for sexual assault and forcible confinement of a Halifax woman was officially ended on Tuesday because of his death, but police say the investigation continues into other potential suspects involved in the woman's assault.

Investigators have not released details on how Thomas died or commented on whether there are any links between the alleged murder and the sexual assault case.

The police force said today in a news release it has issued a Canada-wide warrant for the arrest of Tyreece Alexander Whynder-Ewing in Thomas's murder.

Investigators say they believe Thomas's death is not a random incident and that they are not looking for any other suspects.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 18, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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