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The IIO has laid a second charge against the lone suspect arrested in connection with the murder of a 49-year-old woman named Cynthia (Gina) Kekauoha after reviewing the complete police investigation.
Gerald Stanley (59) was arrested at his home at 4:45 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, in reference to the shooting death of Ms. Kekauoha who was found just after 2 a.m. sitting in her car in the parking lot of Waterfront Towers, south of Yonge Street, in downtown Toronto.
Ms. Kekauoha had been in her car for several hours before she was found. Although Stanley did not make any comment during a brief court appearance on Monday, his lawyers claimed he is innocent and believes the police has no real proof that their client was involved in the shooting.
Stanley has been charged with second-degree murder and is set to return to court for a bail hearing on Thursday.
The IIO (Inquiry into Police Conduct) has been tasked with investigating the circumstances surrounding Ms. Kekauoha’s death.
In addition to reviewing every aspect of the investigation, the IIO will seek to determine whether it will request manslaughter charges against Stanley based on the results of its investigation.
Three officers were involved in the shooting but no one had been arrested until Stanley was taken into custody.
As a result of the shooting, seven people were arrested and charged following the investigation.
Rajvir Ram was arrested on August 13 and is charged with three counts of shooting a person with intent to kill. Nadhnaheh Salman and Harinder Pal were arrested on August 18, and both were charged with a number of violent crimes related to the murder, including breaking and entering and assault with a weapon.
And on Monday, Shomari Legghette was arrested on August 16 and charged with murder, obstruction of justice, breach of recognizance and two counts of possessing an unauthorized firearm. He is scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on Aug. 29.
An Information to Obtain Order has been issued against 24-year-old Dylan Ali Boulet who is wanted on a warrant for murder.
The Toronto Police Officer – Union Executive Board released the following statement:
“While we recognize that officers should not be investigating their colleagues, in this situation the IIO has authority to do so. It is our understanding that at this time the IIO has not recommended charges against any other officer involved in the ongoing investigation. Based on the facts of this particular case, the importance of fully investigating the event and the impact that it could have had on the public safety, our members have begun the process of informing their membership of the IIO’s ongoing investigation.
“While the IIO will conduct their investigation, our members and police services will continue their normal business of keeping the streets of Toronto safe.”
The investigation is ongoing.