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Five charged with murder in death of Quinte West teen

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that suspect Khadijah Courneya, who was initially wanted on an arrest warrant, was apprehended late in the afternoon of Jan. 31.

Five people from Belleville and Quinte West have been charged with murder in connection with a death in early January in Quinte West.

In a media release, police say that on Jan. 7, at approximately 11 a.m., members of the Quinte West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a well-being check at a motel on Dundas Street East.

Officers located Kiean Stoddard, 17 years old from Quinte West, deceased at that location. 

As a result of the investigation, four people have been arrested and charged with first degree murder.

·        Morgan Belyea, 22 years old, of Belleville

·        Steven Courneya, 26 years old, of Belleville

·        Harold Russell, 43 years old, of Quinte West

·        Aaron Ryan, 27 years old, of Quinte West

An arrest warrant for first degree murder was initially issued for Khadijah Courneya, 29 years old, of Quinte West; police later said that he had been arrested late in the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 1.

Charges have not been proven in court.

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.

Investigators continue to request doorbell camera or dashcam video from Jan. 3 between 5 and 11:30 p.m. in the area of 276 Dundas Street East. Videos can be uploaded via the following link:

Anyone with information and/or video regarding this incident is requested to contact the Quinte West OPP at 1-888-310-1122 and/or upload video to the link provided. 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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