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Motel 6 murder suspect appears in court

New Brunswick man wil be held over the weekend for another appearance on Monday

A forensic identification officer walks between two rooms at the Motel 6 on the Trans-Canada Highway in Brandon in this still from a video. Police are investigating a reported stabbing death at the hotel.

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A forensic identification officer walks between two rooms at the Motel 6 on the Trans-Canada Highway in Brandon in this still from a video. Police are investigating a reported stabbing death at the hotel. (IAN HITCHEN / BRANDON SUN)

The Motel 6, just off the Trans-Canada highway, opened about two years ago.

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The Motel 6, just off the Trans-Canada highway, opened about two years ago. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)

A man will face second-degree murder charges after an apparent stabbing at the Motel 6 in Brandon.

Police were called to the Trans-Canada Highway hotel around 8:30 p.m. last night, where they found the 63-year-old Terrance Craig dead in one of the third-floor rooms, with injuries to his upper body.

It's believed the victim was killed by his own son, but police will only confirm that the suspect and victim were known to each other.

A New Brunswick man has been arrested and remains in custody. Dana Allison Craig, 26, made a brief appearance in court Thursday afternoon, and was remanded in custody until Monday.

Investigators, including a forensic identification officer, worked overnight in at least two rooms at the hotel, rooms which faced each other across the hall. It's unclear if both rooms were involved in the incident, or if one was being used as a staging area for investigating officers.

It appears the victim had been dead for at least a couple of hours before staff at the hotel called 911 to report his body, found lying in a large amount of blood. There are also unconfirmed reports that a man — perhaps the suspect — was in the room's shower when the body was found.

This would be the second homicide in Brandon so far this year. Terrance Leory Mink, 18, was stabbed to death in an apartment at Louise Avenue and Fourth Street early in the morning of March 11.

A 16-year-old is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, charged with that crime.

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