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.