Bowden charged in Engen murder
Former Hells Angel Billy Bowden has been charged with the murder of Jeff Engen at a city nightclub last November.
Bowden is one of three men charged with manslaughter.
Also charged with manslaughter are Joel Braund, 24, and Matthew Wegier, 32.
As CTV News reported exclusively on Wednesday, Bowden, 32, was arrested last week on an unrelated warrant in Whistler, B.C. There had been a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest after he skipped out on a scheduled court date. Bowden had been facing drugs and weapons charges from an incident near Corydon Avenue.
24-year-old Jeff Engen was stabbed to death at The Empire Cabaret in November 2007. News of the arrests is welcome for Engen's father Darrell.
"Well I'm glad they have somebody finally," he told Crimewatch reporter Kelly Dehn. "It's been three months."
What really happened that night?
There is also more information about what happened that night.
"They [the suspects] do have gang associations, and they are known to police," said Winnipeg Police Service spokesperson Const. Jacqueline Chaput. "However, the incident itself is not a gang-related incident."
In fact, the altercation may have been over a woman, according to CTV News sources. The woman was known to both Engen and one of the accused.
Engen's parents confirm there was bad blood between their son and one of the suspects.
However, regardless of the feud, Engen's parents believe their son would still be alive if proper security had been in place at the cabaret that night.
Video cameras were rolling in the front of the bar, but it's believed the men charged in the killing entered through a back door.
Witnesses say Engen was stabbed in the basement, staggered upstairs, and collapsed on the dance floor while the suspects fled out the back.
"I think they surrounded Jeff and he somehow got stabbed in the middle of it," said Jeff's mother Chris. "[He] ran upstairs but it was too late for him. He lost too much blood."
The Empire Cabaret has since closed after several violent incidents, and was facing a license review by the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission.
More may be charged
All three men have been detained at the Winnipeg Remand Centre. Police say the investigation is continuing by the Organized Crime Unit.
Sources tell CTV News police may make more arrests, and the charges against the three men may be upgraded.
With a report by CTV's Kelly Dehn