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Halifax police charge man in Spryfield stabbing death

Police don't believe Wednesday's homicide was a random act

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Brandon Young

A 25-year-old man is being charged with second-degree murder after a man was found dead in Spryfield.

Halifax Regional Police arrested Benjamin Joshua Gillis on Wednesday.

Shortly after noon on Wednesday, police responded to a call about an unresponsive man in an apartment on Autumn Drive in Spryfield.

When they arrived, they found 26-year-old Blaine Gordon Clothier dead. Police said he had been stabbed.

Gillis was arrested in an apartment on Inglis Street in Halifax’s south end.

Late Thursday morning, police ruled Clothier’s death a homicide.

Few details are available about the case.

“At this point we don’t know the relationship between them, but we don’t think this was a random act,” said Const. Dianne Woodworth, a police spokeswoman.

An autopsy was performed on Thursday.

Gillis is scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon.

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