Jury selection for murder

Jury selection process is underway for the trial of a man charged with second-degree murder in connection with a fatal stabbing in Rutland.

Waylon Percy Junior Jackson was found stabbed inside a home in the 100-block of Gerstmar Road on March 11, 2016.

“Officers quickly arrived at the scene to discover an unresponsive man appearing to have lost a significant amount of blood,” said Const. Jesse O’Donaghey back in 2016.

Chad Colton Alphonse, 28, was arrested nearby on Leathead Road and charged with second-degree murder.

Police said the two knew each other.

O’Donaghey said four people were at the home at the time of the incident including the victim, accused and two other people related to them.

Neighbours reported the people in the home had been drinking.

"They had a social gathering and they were drinking, and so we're just assuming, I don't know anything, that it was a drunken altercation between people who knew each other,” told a neighbour to Castanet back on the day of the incident.

Jackson was unresponsive and had lost a significant amount of blood when police found him in the home. He was rushed to hospital in critical condition, but succumbed to his injuries.

Police would not comment on the extent of wounds to Jackson or if they retrieved a weapon from the scene.

Naomi Foureyes, the victim’s spouse was active on social media asking for help from the public to support her two children.

At the time of the murder, the children were six weeks old and five years old.

“I'm so heartbroken and it hurts me to have to ask for help,” wrote Naomi on Facebook.

Alphonse is known to police and was previously convicted of possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and three counts of mischief under $5,000.  

The details of the preliminary inquiry are protected under a publication ban.

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