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Teens charged with first-degree murder

Cody Shaganash-Echum, 19, and a 14-year-old male are now charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of 18-year-old Austin Robinson.
Syndicate Avenue

THUNDER BAY - Two teens first charged with aggravated assault have now been formally charged with first-degree murder in connection to an incident on the city’s south side that sent 18-year-old Austin Peter Robinson to hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Cody Shaganash-Echum, 19, appeared in a Thunder Bay Courtroom on Wednesday where he was charged with first-degree murder, break and enter, two counts of assault with a weapon, aggravated assault, and disguise with intent.

A 14-year-old who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act is also facing charges of first-degree murder, break and enter, disguise with intent, aggravated assault, and breach of undertaking.

The incident occurred at a residence on the 300 block of Syndicate Avenue North on Thursday, Jan. 9. Police were called to the residence just before 3 a.m. and discovered an 18-year-old male had been the victim of an assault.

The male was identified as Austin Peter Robinson. He was transported to hospital and died as a result of his injuries last weekend and police began to investigate the incident as a homicide.

A man and woman were also found to be victims of an assault but did not suffer any serious injuries.

The two suspects were located a short time later by police who followed footprints in the freshly fallen snow.

A post-mortem for Robinson is expected to take place in Toronto on Wednesday.

Shaganash-Echum was remanded into custody and his next court appearance will be on Jan. 24. The 14-year-old was also remanded into custody will appear again in court on Jan. 16, 

There is a publication ban in place on any evidence in this case.

Doug Diaczuk

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