3 charged with 1st-degree murder in men’s deaths in downtown Winnipeg

A group of men have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of two men in Winnipeg’s downtown.

Carl George Wescoupe, 40, was found dead in a suite at the Manwin Hotel at 655 Main St. on Jan. 29. Lee James Boulette, 40, was found dead at a home in the 100 block of Selkirk Avenue on Feb. 1.

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In both cases, police said officers found the victims after being tipped off by other men who had also been assaulted.

The other victims both survived the assaults.

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Winnipeg police remain outside Manwin Hotel following Sunday night incident

Police say Wescoupe and Boulette’s deaths are linked and neither killing is believed to be random.

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There’s been no word from police on how either man was killed.

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On Monday police announced three men have been arrested – aged 39, 31 and 54. Each is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

Police have said more arrests are possible.

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