Suspect charged with second-degree murder for Brandon motel killing
A suspect has been arrested and charged for the killing of a 63-year-old man at a motel, said Brandon police.
Officers and emergency crews were called around 8:30 p.m. on April 10 to a motel on Middleton Avenue along the Trans-Canada Highway in Brandon.
Staff and guests had heard a commotion Wednesday night and employees then found the body of a man who they said appeared to have been stabbed.
Elizabeth Jones was off work at the time, but was called in by a co-worker after staff found the man’s body inside a hotel room on the third floor.
“(I) came to check up on her. She said there was some commotion in the room upstairs. I think pretty much everyone in the hotel heard it,” said Jones.
The 63-year-old victim from New Brunswick appeared to have suffered upper body wounds, said police.
“It appears a weapon was involved but waiting on autopsy to confirm what caused the death,” said Sgt. Kirby Sararas from Brandon police.
Dana Craig, 26, has been charged.
But police aren't releasing the victim's name.
Staff at the motel said the two were father and son.
Officers would not confirm the relationship, just to say the two knew each other and both were from New Brunswick.
“It appears they were travelling through town together and that they knew one another,” said Sararas.
People in the hotel said that around the time the commotion was heard, a man was seen wandering through the third-floor hallway naked and seemed in a daze.
Hotel staff said the whole incident was extremely shocking.
“This is Brandon. You don’t hear about this happening in Brandon,” said Jones.
The 26-year-old accused made an appearance in a Brandon court on Thursday.
Dana Craig had a large red mark on his forehead that appeared to be a bruise. He seemed polite but agitated. He asked the judge about being able to get his medication and was told he'd have to sort that out in jail.
The motel death marks the second homicide investigation this year in Brandon.