deadmonton 2005 - christopher koppang

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Christopher Koppang, 25, was stabbed to death September 1st, 2005.

Steven Francois Roy, 22, was charged with first-degree murder.

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Located just southeast of Edmonton, the normally quiet Sherwood Park subdivision of Maple Grove was the setting of the first metro-area murder of September.

Early in the morning of September 1st, a man collapsed on the front porch of a home on Rosewood Drive. The stabbing victim had unsuccessfully tried to get into his car, but quickly resorted to pounding on doors seeking medical attention.

The trouble first started in a home shared by Christopher Koppang and another man. At the time of the incident, two other people were inside the house.

Investigators didn't immediately release a motive, but neighbours stated the house saw activity at all hours of the day and night, with one area resident going so far as to say that drugs were most likely involved.

Police said they knew who they were looking for and soon arrested a man already set to appear in court on other matters.

Koppang was stabbed once in the upper body, but police wouldn't say if the murder weapon was recovered. Koppang was expecting his first child and was enrolled in a welding program at a nearby technical school.

Police charged Sherwood Park resident Steven Francois Roy, 22, with first-degree murder.

On April 6th, 2006 Roy appeared in Sherwood Park Provincial Court for his preliminary hearing.

A judge ruled he should go to trial on the lesser charge of manslaughter.

On February 27th, 2007 Steven Francois Roy was scheduled to stand trial for the stabbing death of Christopher Koppang.

However, a key witness failed to attend court causing the Crown to stay the charge.

A stayed charge can be reactivated within one year if new evidence is discovered.