Woman charged with second-degree murder
Toronto police have released this photo of Jose Ortiz, 65, who was found dead in his west-end apartment on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Paul Johnston, cp24.com
Published Wednesday, January 23, 2013 5:39PM EST
Toronto police have charged a 50-year-old woman with second-degree murder in connection with the city’s fourth homicide of 2013.
Jose Ignacio Ortiz, 65, was found in his basement apartment on Melville Avenue Jan. 19 by firefighters who were called to the home after neighbours complained a smell of gas was coming from the home.
The firefighters found him at around 9:40 p.m.
Paramedics responding to the scene near Dupont Street and Ossington Avenue said Ortiz’s lifeless body showed signs of trauma. Homicide detectives were called to the scene later that night to investigate.
Speaking at a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Toronto police Det. Sgt. Pauline Gray said an autopsy performed Jan. 21 showed Ortiz died of blunt force trauma.
In a release issued Wednesday, police said that a suspect, identified as Leahann Hohmann, had been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the case.
She is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
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