IAN HITCHEN / BRANDON SUN
A police officer walks down the steps of the Welcome Inn home for people with psychiatric disabilities, where a man's body was found in August.
Crown prosecutors and police will soon have the information they need to decide whether to lay charges in connection with a suspicious death.
Crown attorney Rich Lonstrup told Brandon provincial court on Monday that various test results are arriving.
"We’re at the phase now where we’ve just received a toxicology report, soon that will allow us to get an autopsy report and DNA results are starting to trickle in, too," Lonstrup said during court appearances for three men currently accused of robbery and other charges in relation to the deceased.
"We need that report to determine if there may be further charges."
The body of Aaron Daniel Jardine, 31, was found in a suite at the Brandon Community Welcome Clubhouse in the morning of Aug. 28.
Jardine was schizophrenic and the non-profit housing co-op at the corner of 11th Street and Louise Avenue rents apartments to people with psychiatric disabilities.
It’s alleged that Jardine was robbed of $200, his hands were tied behind his back, he was assaulted with an unknown weapon and that a "B-shaped wound" was carved into his upper back.
The crimes were allegedly committed within 48 hours of the discovery of Jardine’s body.
Three men — Frederick Wallace Joseph Brass, Steven Jordan Codie Cook and Patrick Levi Eaglestick — were arrested between Sept. 7-8.
Each is charged with robbery, aggravated assault, forcible confinement and assault with weapon.
No charges have been laid in connection with Jardine’s death.
The Crown has consented to release on bail for Cook and Eaglestick.
Eaglestick has in fact been released, but Cook remains in custody for now as it seems he hasn’t yet met the cash or surety terms of his release.
The Crown has not consented to the release of Brass, who remains in custody.
The next court date for all three men has been set for mid-January.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 17, 2013