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Men charged in two July Greater Sudbury murders IDed

Michael Marois and Denis Richer headed to VR court July 26
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Two men facing murder charges from two separate incidents in Greater Sudbury in July will be in video remand (VR) court on July 26.

Although the information was not initially released by police, Sudbury.com has now learned the names of the two men charged in the incidents, which took place less than two weeks apart.

Michael Marois, 50, was charged with first-degree murder following a shooting in Hanmer late Sunday night

On July 12, Greater Sudbury Police responded to a weapons complaint outside of a residence on Rita Street around 7 p.m. It is alleged Marois attended a social gathering at the residence with a gun and had shot the victim multiple times after a fight erupted between the two. 

By the time police arrived, however, the weapon had already been taken from the suspect.

The 50-year-old victim was transported to the hospital alongside the suspect, who had sustained self-inflicted injuries. The victim later died from his injuries in hospital.

The suspect in the July 1 murder, Denis Richer, 48, now faces a second-degree murder charge after he allegedly assaulted another man on Canada Day on Ferndale Avenue in Minnow Lake.

Richer was first charged with attempted murder, but the charge was upgraded to second-degree murder after the victim died of his injuries in hospital on July 12, said Greater Sudbury Police Service.  

At the time, police called the attack a “very violent assault,” but wouldn’t go into details of the nature of the assault or if a weapon had been used. They did confirm there was no gun involved. 

Richer will appear in VR court on July 12, but he also has a court date for Aug. 26 in Courtroom B at 1:30 p.m.