Trail teen charged with murder

A 17-year-old Trail resident is being charged with second-degree murder, police announced Tuesday.

Trail RCMP are investigating the homicide of a 26-year-old Trail resident who suffered fatal injuries before he was brought to Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead Sunday.

“We’re pleased with the investigation up to this point in the fact that we’ve identified a suspect and have him in custody and are going forward with the investigation,” said Cpl. Dave Johnson Tuesday. “There was a search warrant written and executed on the residence . . . and then obviously our forensic identification unit was there.”

Police remain tightlipped on what exactly occurred during the fight at the Trail home until the full story is shared in court.

“Once it gets before the courts then we’ll be releasing more details about the investigation, it’s just for the mere fact that he got into court (Monday) and they just adjourned the bail hearing,” said Johnson.

Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the victim’s name is being withheld, as it could shed light on the identity of the youth suspect, who lived nearby.

Pieces of this particular investigation are coming together smoothly, which pushes the case through the courts at a quicker pace, explained Johnson.

“There are other situations, like in the past, when information is just not as readily available and we have to look for it a lot harder and identify the immediate information that we need,” he said. “In this case, the investigation has gone really well so far.”