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Preliminary hearing underway for man charged in 2022 homicide

Justin Coaster was arrested following a standoff at a northside residence in August 2022. He was charged with second-degree murder in connection to the death of Charlie Finlayson.

THUNDER BAY -- A preliminary hearing is underway for a Thunder Bay man charged with murder in connection to the 2022 death of 37-year-old Charlie Finlayson.

The hearing opened on Monday for 33-year-old Justin Coaster in a Thunder Bay courtroom. It is a discovery preliminary hearing which does not take place before a judge.

Coaster was first charged with second-degree murder on Aug. 11, 2022, following a standoff in the 200 block of Blucher Avenue.

Officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service first responded to the residence at approximately 2:45 p.m. after receiving reports of a disturbance. Police learned a person of interest wanted in connection to a recent homicide investigation was inside the residence.

During the standoff, police discharged anti-riot weapons at Coaster and later used stun guns to subdue him. Coaster was taken into custody just before 9 p.m. that day.

The Special Investigations Unit cleared the Thunder Bay Police Service officer’s use of non-lethal force during the standoff and arrest of Coaster.

Coaster was charged with second-degree murder in connection to the death of Finlayson, which occurred on July 29, 2022, at a McMillan Street residence.

There is a publication ban on all evidence presented during a preliminary hearing. The hearing is scheduled for four days.

Doug Diaczuk

About the Author: Doug Diaczuk

Doug Diaczuk is a reporter and award-winning author from Thunder Bay. He has a master’s degree in English from Lakehead University
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