Five murder suspects in death of Quinte West teen facing additional charges

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Additional charges have been laid against five suspects in connection with the death of a 17-year-old boy in early January, Quinte West OPP state in a media release.

On Jan. 7, police responded to a well-being check at a motel on Dundas Street East in Quinte West. While there, officers located Kiean Stoddard, 17 years old, from Quinte West, deceased. 

As a result of the investigation, five people have been arrested and charged with First Degree Murder.

  • · Morgan Belyea, 22 years old, of Belleville
  • · Steven Courneyea, 27 years old, of Belleville
  • · Harold Russell, 43 years old, of Quinte West 
  • · Aaron Ryan, 28 years old, of Quinte West
  • · Khadijah Courneyea, 29 years old, of Quinte West. 

All five are now facing additional charges, listed below. Charges have not been proven in court.

Belyea, Steven Courneyea and Ryssell, have further been charged with the following Criminal Code (CC) offences:

·        Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Sec. 465(1)(a)

·        Robbery with Weapon, Sec. 344(1)(b)

Khadijah Courneyea and Ryan have further been charged with the following Criminal Code (CC) offences:

·        Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Sec. 465(1)(a)

·        Robbery with Weapon, Sec. 344(1)(b)

·        Obstruct Peace Officer, Sec. 129(a)

The investigation continues under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch, in conjunction with the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is requested to contact the Quinte West OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward.

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