Murder hearing opens at Sudbury courthouse

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A 15-day preliminary hearing for a man facing eight charges in connection with the stabbing of three people, one of them fatally, at a party held outside a residence on Levesque Street, off The Kingsway got underway Monday at the Sudbury Courthouse.

Tyler Sels, 21, of Sudbury, is facing one count of second-degree murder, one count of aggravated assault, one count of assault with a weapon, four counts of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, and one count of breach of probation.

The Crown is expecting to call about 40 witnesses.

According to Greater Sudbury Police, Charles St. Jean, 27, succumbed to knife wounds while two others were transported to hospital for treatment of stabbing injuries and subsequently released.

The Star learned the Friday night party was a celebration of life for a young man who had recently died.

About 50 people were present at the party, said police, when violence broke out shortly after midnight.

The accused was not connected to the group of friends, according to sources The Sudbury Star contacted, but showed up at the party from a neighbouring residence.