LETHBRIDGE: Regional Police Criminal Investigation officers have charged two city men in connection with the homicide of 47-year-old Christopher James Ballendine.
On Friday, October 14th at about 5:28 p.m. police responded to a report of a male in medical distress at a residence along the 600 block of 11th Street North. The man, Christopher Ballendine, had injuries to the upper part of his body and was transported to Chinook Regional Hospital, where he died oft his injuries at 9:52-pm.
An autopsy performed on October 18th at the Medical Examiner’s office in Calgary, which confirmed that Ballendine died as a result of blunt force trauma to the upper body.
A week-long investigation determined that two men went to Ballendine’s home on the afternoon of October 14th and struck him multiple times with undisclosed weapon and then left the residence. Ballendine was found in the living room when other occupants returned home.
The victim and accused are acquaintances and this incident was targeted. During a search, police recovered the weapon in an alley near the victim’s home.
On Thursday, October 20th, police located, arrested and charged two men in connection with Ballendine’s death.
Kerry Alan Zeller, 53, of Lethbridge, is charged with second degree murder.
Terry Christopher Bissonnette, 51, of Lethbridge, is charged with manslaughter.
Both are remanded in custody to appear in court Tuesday, October 25th. The investigation continues.
Posted on Friday, October 21, 2011 at 4/19/2014 12:26:31 PM
Source: Regional Police Bulletin -- Country 95 News Photo of north side home where homicide occurred