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Murder charge laid in 2018 stabbing

Vancouver Police arrested a 25-year-old woman today following a months-long murder investigation that started in 2018.

Shannon Watts has now been charged with one count of second-degree murder for the death of her 26-year-old common-law husband, Shane Tolmie.

VPD began investigating the death after patrol officers were called to Watts’ Downtown Eastside apartment on June 28, 2018. Tolmie had suffered a stab wound inside the apartment, and later died in hospital.

Watts was arrested at the scene, but released from custody pending completion of the investigation and approval of the charge by Crown counsel.