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Man found dead in Canadian coffee shop, police say suspect arrested

man found dead in canadian coffee shop police say suspect arrested
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Feb. 16 2022, Published 1:25 p.m. ET

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A man was found dead inside a coffee shop in Canada and now police say a 29-year-old suspect has been charged with the murder.

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On Feb. 12, the Nanaimo Royal Canadian Mounted Police said a deceased person was found at the Buzz Coffee house in Nanaimo, British Columbia, after officers performed a wellness check.

At the same time the body was discovered — later identified as Eric Kutzner — officials said they also found 29-year-old James Turok inside the building. He was taken into police custody, CHEK News reported.

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Investigators spent time at the coffee shop searching for evidence, blocking off access to the coffee shop and nearby businesses, officials said.

After the investigation, authorities said Turok was charged with one count of second-degree murder for the role he played in the death of Kutzner.

Vida Turok, the mother of James, talked with CHEK News and said, “I am in shock and at this point, I have no idea what actually happened… All I know is James is in custody. I feel tremendous sadness for everyone concerned. My heart aches for the family of the victim and my son.”

Turok remains in custody and is scheduled for his next court appearance on Feb. 21, officials said.

The investigation is still ongoing, and police have not released additional details.

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