RCMP say two men have been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of a 26-year-old man on the Blood First Nation Reserve near Stand Off in late February.

Members of the Blood Tribe Police Service were called to attend to a man found in medical distress at about 11:00 p.m. on February 23.

The victim was taken to hospital where he later died. He has since been identified as Rance Bearhat.

The RCMP Major Crimes Unit eventually made the determination that he was the victim of a homicide and launched a formal investigation.

Two men, Stanley Troy Big Sorrel Horse, 36, and Justin Chad Big Sorrel Horse, 32, were soon arrested and charged with second-degree murder in Bearhat’s death.

They remain in custody and are scheduled to appear in court on March 5 and 7, respectively.

The investigation is still ongoing and the RCMP Major Crimes Unit will continue to work with the Blood Tribe Police Service.