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Halifax man charged with murder after triple shooting four years ago

HALIFAX — Police in the Halifax area have charged a young man with first-degree murder after a woman recently died as a result of a triple shooting four years ago.

The RCMP say 22-year-old Ashley MacLean Kearse suffered a medical emergency on July 2 and died the same day.

The Nova Scotia medical examiner has confirmed that her death was a result of being shot during a violent incident at a home in Cole Harbour in November 2014, when a bullet severed her spine and left her paralyzed.

Markel Jason Downey is now facing a charge of first-degree murder, and two charges of attempted murder.

The 22-year-old man was acquitted of numerous charges in a previous trial, but the Crown successfully appealed that decision earlier this year and a new trial was ordered.

Downey was scheduled to appear in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax on Thursday.

The appeal decision says three teenagers were playing video games at a home on Nov. 30, 2014 when four masked intruders came into the house and demanded money and cannabis.

The intruders forced the three teenagers into a room and Kearse told them to leave, but a man opened fired and struck all three.

The decision says the other two victims recovered from their wounds.

© 2018 The Canadian Press

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