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Five more charged in suspicious Niagara Detention Centre death

A total of seven people are facing a charge of second degree murder in connection with the case
Niagara Regional Police Service file photo

Further to the two arrests made on Wednesday, Feb. 21, detectives with the Homicide Unit made an additional five arrests on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024 in relation to this incident. 

The following persons were also charged with one count of Second Degree Murder, contrary to Section 235(1) of the Criminal Code:

  • Joshua Leblanc, 29 years, of Welland
  • Tyler Pelikan, 23 years, of Welland
  • Shaun St. Denis, 44 years, of Welland
  • Ju-Ron Fertilien, 23 years, of St. Catharines
  • Zachary Durant, 28 years, of Niagara Falls

All appeared at the Robert S.K. Welch Courthouse in the City of St. Catharines on Feb. 23. 

Investigation into this matter remains ongoing. 

Anyone who may have information in relation to this incident is encouraged to contact the lead detective at 905-688-4111, option #3, badge #1009533. 

Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara online or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).  Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to persons who contact the program with information that leads to an arrest.