Second man charged with manslaughter in north-central Edmonton homicide in May, cause of death released

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A second suspect has been charged in the May homicide of an older man in north-central Edmonton and police have released his cause of death.

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Peter Meyer, 64, was found dead shortly before midnight May 3 in an apartment building near 66 Street and 120 Avenue. The Edmonton Medical Examiner’s office deemed his death suspicious after the initial autopsy. Police said last month it was a homicide .

Meyer died from blunt force trauma, police said Wednesday.

Officers arrested and charged a 32-year-old man with manslaughter on Tuesday, police said in a news release on Wednesday. The first suspect, a 29-year-old man, was charged with the same offence last month.

Police said the victim knew the 29-year-old but not the second individual, although the two suspects know one another.

Justin Reil, 32, and Jordan Difrancesco, 29, both have been charged with manslaughter.

Reil, who was a person of interest, was arrested Tuesday when he arrived at police headquarters. Police aren’t seeking any other suspects.

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