Suspect in Victoria murder to be retried on more serious charge

Joshua Tyler Bredo will face first-degree murder charge in death of Daniel Levesque

One year after charges of second-degree murder against Joshua Tyler Bredo were stayed in B.C. Provincial Court, members of the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) re-arrested him Friday in Okotoks, Alta.

Bredo, 26, was tried last year in Victoria following the homicide death of Daniel Jordan Levesque on Aug. 3, 2011. Bredo, who is in custody in Victoria, will appear in court Monday to hear a new charge of first-degree murder.

“VIIMCU continued their investigation into this incident,” said RCMP Const. Margo Downey of VIIMCU. “As a result of new information, Crown counsel laid a first-degree murder charge on Friday.”

Bredo had been released from jail in Victoria on Dec. 7. At the time, Victoria police Const. Mike Russell said he could still be charged for the crime, but there was not enough evidence to keep him in custody.

Levesque died following an incident inside an apartment suite at 732 Cormorant St. A massive investigation was launched, led by VIIMCU and supported by VicPD.

When police responded to a 911 call, both Levesque and Bredo were found suffering from stab wounds. They were taken to Victoria General Hospital, where Levesque, 20, died from his injuries.

Levesque had recently moved to Victoria from Revelstoke.

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