Suspects in 'panhandler' stabbing appear in court
Published Tuesday, August 14, 2007 2:28PM EDT
Two women accused in the fatal stabbing of a St. Catharines, Ont. man cried and held each other when they appeared in a Toronto courtroom Tuesday.
Police say the women are panhandlers, but their lawyers described them as good kids from good families who don't have criminal records.
The mother of suspect Nicole Kish, of Toronto, was present in court. The other woman, Sarah McDermit, is from Santa Cruz, California, CTV News learned.
The two men facing charges in the case, Douglas Fresh and Jeremy Woolley, are schedule to appear in court Wednesday.
The four suspects, all in their early 20s, face charges in connection with the stabbing of Ross Hammond.
Hammond, 32, died in hospital two days after he was stabbed while walking with a friend in downtown Toronto.
Currently, the four face charges of aggravated assault and weapons offences, but police said Monday murder they expect murder charges will be laid.
"My sense is that they will be jointly charged with second-degree murder charges," said Det. Sgt. Gary Giroux of the homicide squad.
Hammond was stabbed near Trinity Bellwoods Park after an argument escalated into violence early last Thursday, police said.
The victim, who commuted into Toronto from St. Catharines, was attacked near Queen Street West and Gore Vale Avenue shortly after 12:30 a.m.