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This article was published 10/9/2015 (683 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
BY CHARLES TWEED
CARBERRY — Three men have been charged with manslaughter following the death of a 26-year-old man in Carberry late Wednesday night.
Raymond Jamie Bonser, 32, Robert Edward Louie Laba, 36, and Regan Matthew Carlson, 26, all appeared in Brandon provincial court Friday morning.
All three were remanded at Brandon Correctional Centre until Monday and are prohibited from contacting each other while in jail.
The three men are charged with manslaughter in the death of Garnet Baptisté of Ebb and Flow First Nation.
At 11:45 p.m., Carberry RCMP were called to the motel after receiving a report of a severely injured man outside.
Police said the man was transported to hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.
The deceased was confirmed as Baptisté, according to Bob Martin who owns a contracting company near Carberry where Baptisté was working.
Martin said Baptisté has worked with his company, which sub-contracts work with Manitoba Hydro, off and on over the past decade.
Baptisté started back with Martin this week, working to clean up and prepare equipment following a job near Pilot Mound.
"He was excellent," Martin said. "A really good guy. Pretty happy-go-lucky guy."
Baptisté and another man employed by Martin were sharing a room at the motel.
Martin said Baptisté’s friend was also injured in the confrontation in the parking lot.
"There was an argument that started and then it carried on and someone came at them," Martin said, adding there were five men in total involved in the altercation — his two employees and three other men. "There was some kind of a weapon — some kind of club. We’re not sure what yet, but it’s a bad deal."
Martin said his second employee, who was sitting with him during a phone interview with the Sun, is pretty banged up too, and he wouldn’t be surprised if his collar bone is broken.
"He’s got a lump on the front of his head and he was hit twice," Martin said.
RCMP combed the area looking for clues Thursday. Police tape cordoned off the motel’s parking lot as officers used a drone to take photos of the crime scene from above.
Carberry Mayor Stuart Olmstead said he couldn’t remember an incident of this nature happening in the community of approximately 1,700.
"We are shocked and saddened at the incident that took place in our town overnight," Olmstead said. "We always assume that something of this nature can never happen here, in our hometown. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are extended to the family at this time."
Two men were in custody in Brandon on Sept. 10, according to sources. Word came late Thursday afternoon that a third man may also be accused.
At least one of the accused was employed by a restoration company currently working in Carberry.