Police lay charges in weekend murder
Published Thursday, February 7, 2013 9:57AM MST
Last Updated Thursday, February 7, 2013 12:32PM MST
Police have charged a Calgary man in connection with the death of Duane Laybourne, who was found dead in Tuxedo Park on Sunday.
Christopher Michael Burr, 24, of Calgary, has been charged with one count of second degree murder.
The investigation is continuing into the incident as police are working to figure out who was inside the home at the time of the incident and where they would be now.
Burr is expected in court on Thursday.
Laybourne, 42, was found inside a vehicle in the 100 block of 28 Ave. N.E. on Sunday.
Investigators said on Wednesday that they believe a group of people had gathered in a home a block away and, at some point, an altercation occurred.
Police were first called to the scene for reports of a home invasion with possible gunshots.
There was no one inside the house, but a gun was found on the front lawn.
They believe that Laybourne sustained life-threatening injuries as a result and left the house shortly after.
“To be clear, we’re not sure how long he was away,” said Staff Sergeant Grant Miller. “It could have been a minute; it could have been a few hours. We’re not sure.”
He was found dead by police at around 9 a.m. on Sunday.
According to Duane’s brother Cory, he was struggling with drug addiction.
“My parents didn't know. Nobody told them. Nobody knew about child health, how a child was lashing out at something. Because there's a reason. Your kids don't start misbehaving and doing bad because they just feel like it. There's an underlying reason they're lashing out and crying for attention.”
Police believe the crime was drug-related.
They are also looking for someone else that could have been injured in the altercation.
We aren’t sure who, and we aren’t sure how serious, and it may not be that serious, but that is another piece that we’re trying to come up with an answer too,” says Miller.
Laybourne’s death is the city’s fourth homicide of 2013.
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