RCMP charge 3 men in connection to death of man with ties to Peguis First Nation

The RCMP has charged three men in connection with the murder of James Giesbrecht who had ties to Peguis First Nation in Manitoba.

“Let me be clear, this was a calculated, and planned murder,” says RCMP Supt. Rob Lasson. “James knew his killers and he was lured to his death.”

Redstone Wombdiska, 28 and Joseph Lindsay, 36 have been charged with first-degree murder. A third man, Christopher Cutlip, 40, was charged with second-degree murder.

All three were already in jail on unrelated convictions.

Police say Giesbrecht knew the three men through the drug scene in Brandon, Man.

“James Vernon Giesbrecht was only 37 when he died. He lived in Brandon his entire, whole life,” said Lasson. “He was a proud father, brother, son, who worked hard to support and spend time with his loved ones in Brandon.”

Giesbrecht’s remains were found on Oct. 13, 2022 in a burned out car near Brandon.

“We also collected as part of the investigation DNA evidence throughout the investigation which was sent for testing which helped us lead us to the suspects,” says Lasson. “Importantly, we also learned that James did not die as a result of the car fire.”

The three men will remain in custody.

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