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Man charged in south end Halifax homicide

A 70-year-old man will appear in Halifax Provincial Court today to face a charge of second-degree murder
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Halifax Provincial Court (Meghan Groff/

Halifax Regional Police has charged a man with homicide after a suspicious death occurred in the city's south end last week.

James Alfred Maclean, 70, of Halifax, is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court today to face a charge of second-degree murder.

On Dec. 8 at around 3:10 p.m., Halifax Regional Police responded to a weapons complaint at 5578 Morris Street in Halifax's south end. Officers found Donald Scott McKay, 61, of Halifax inside the residence suffering from life-threatening injuries.

McKay was transported to the hospital where he died due to his injuries. The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide.

Officers found a second man — who happened to be Maclean — with injuries inside the residence and was transported to the hospital. On Dec. 14, investigators with the Special Investigation Section arrested this man in relation to McKay’s homicide.

The investigation is ongoing and police ask anyone with information about McKay’s murder to call police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at or by using the P3 Tips App.

Chris Stoodley

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Chris was born and raised in Halifax. After graduating from the journalism program at King's, he started as's weekend editor.
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