Police investigation has concluded that the 65-year-old murder victim, David Rose, who was found dead in his South Street rooming house on Sunday night was asphyxiated. Additionally, police sources revealed that the death was primarily drug related, and that the victim knew both suspects charged in his death.
The Halifax couple facing charges in the weekend killing, 51-year-old Bradford Eugene Beals and 29-year-old Deborah Jane Spencer, chose not to be present in the court for their prosecution on Thursday. Beals is charged with second-degree murder and robbery, whereas Spencer faces charges of robbery and being an accessory to murder after the fact by helping Beals escape. Both suspects were represented by their lawyers in Halifax provincial court while they stood downstairs in holding cells. The hearing was scheduled to take place on March 19, while Judge Marc Chisholm remanded Beals and Spencer to the Dartmouth jail. Hence, if the suspects want bail now, they will now have to make an application in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.
Beals and Spencer lived together at a rooming house on the corner of Inglis Street and South Bland Street in south-end Halifax, i.e. not far from the murder scene. Residents of their 20-unit building share bathrooms and three kitchens. According to a tenant of the building, Beals and Spencer moved in a couple of months ago and there had been no trouble since. The tenant, who spoke on condition of anonymity, alleged that “they kept to themselves,” so “I’m still in shock. He seemed like a nice guy. She seemed like a nice girl.”
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