Suspect Demarqus Shane Beals charged with second degree murder

Two men face charges in connection with the homicide of Keya Simon and the stabbing of her sister. 

At 11:20 p.m. on January 8, 2011 Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a stabbing at 117 Pinecrest Drive in Dartmouth. Upon arrival, officers found 19-year-old Keya Knita Simon unresponsive inside the front doors of the apartment building. Her 32-year-old sister had also been stabbed.

Yesterday, investigators arrested two suspects in connection with Keya’s homicide and the stabbing of her sister. They were interviewed overnight and as a result of the investigation, charges have been laid against them.

Twenty-five-year-old Demarqus Shane Beals is facing a second degree murder charge in relation to the murder of Keya Simon. Twenty-five-year-old Carondo Shondez Downey is facing charges of aggravated assault and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public in relation to the stabbing. They were remanded to the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility overnight and will appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court today.

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