Man faces murder charge after woman stabbed to death in Cold Lake home

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A man accused of fatally stabbing a woman in Cold Lake recently faced charges in an unrelated arson and manslaughter case, court records show.

On Wednesday, Cold Lake RCMP announced second-degree murder charges have been laid against a 30-year-old man after a woman was stabbed to death in her home.

According to a news release, RCMP and emergency medical services responded to a residence on the north side of the city at 1:37 p.m. Monday.

When they arrived, they found 58-year-old Guylaine Simone Poulin suffering from serious injuries. She died at the scene.

Guillaume Nelson Gilbert was arrested at the home and charged Tuesday with second-degree murder. RCMP would not say the relationship between the two but confirmed they lived together.

Gilbert remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in Cold Lake provincial court July 14.

Cold Lake is 294 km northeast of Edmonton.

Accused previously charged in fatal fire at men’s shelter

This is not Gilbert’s first run-in with the law.

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Last June, he was charged with manslaughter and arson for a deadly fire at Kokum’s House, a shelter in Cold Lake for Indigenous men.

The fire broke out on the afternoon of March 14, 2020, and left the shelter with extensive interior damage. Several people were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and other injuries.

Fifty-year-old Leslie Klassen was airlifted to hospital in Edmonton, where he died of his injuries.

Court records show the charges against Gilbert were stayed on March 26. The records do not indicate why the charges were stayed.

Gilbert also faces five charges related to alleged breaches of probation and release conditions.

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