The man charged with the first homicide in Sault Ste. Marie for 2017 is well known by city police and the courts.
Cody Quesnel 24, has been charged with second degree murder on January 14th by Sault Ste. Marie Police Services in the death of Jacob (Jake) Davey, who was celebrating his birthday the day he was allegedly murdered.
Quesnel has been arrested and charged numerous times over the last several years ranging from assault to threatening death. According to police reports, Quesnel was charged with threatening in August 2015 when he threatened to stab another male. The accused has been in and out of the Algoma Remand Centre where he was charged with threatening death in June of 2015. In May of 2016, Quesnel was arrested for assault, forcible confinement X 2, threatening death X 2, assault with a weapon X 2, using a weapon while committing an offence, weapons dangerous and being in possession of a weapon dangerous and possession of a weapon while being prohibited from doing so.
The victim, Jacob (Jake) Davey 22, was an employee at a local furniture store. It is believed both he and the accused knew each other.
Officers responded to a call for service just after 6:00 a.m. on January 14th, 2017. Shortly after they arrived, the victim was pronounced dead. The victim had obvious injuries to the face and the investigation surrounding the cause of death, and the type of weapon used is continuing.
Quesnel was arrested at the scene without incident and police state there is no concern for public safety. The area on Wellington Street West will remain closed until the investigation concludes.
The following is a press release from Sault Police Service issued at 1pm Monday.
Just after 6:00 a.m. on the 14th of January 2017 officers with the Patrol Services Division of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service responded to a call for service at 112 Wellington Street West.
Upon arrival officers located a male victim, later identified as 22 year old Jacob DAVEY of Sault Ste. Marie. The victim had obvious injuries and was pronounced dead soon after officers arrival.
Officers also located the accused 24 year old Cody QUESNEL of 112 Wellington Street West at the scene and he was placed in custody at that time.
Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division were called in to assist with the investigation and the 100 block of Wellington Street West was closed to traffic in order to allow officers to safely process the crime scene.
The 100 block of Wellington Street West remains closed at this time and will remain closed for the next few days while officers continue the investigation.
It has been determined that the accused and the victim are known to each other. There is no threat to public safety as this is not considered to be a random attack.
It is alleged that there was an altercation that led to the victim’s death; however the cause of death is not known at this time. A post mortem is scheduled to be conducted this week to determine the cause of death.
It is also alleged that after the homicide, the accused broke into the residence of a person known to him and assaulted that person by striking him with a garbage can before returning to the scene at 112 Wellington Street West.
At this time the accused, Cody QUESNEL is charged with one count of second degree murder, one count of break and enter and one count of assault with a weapon.
Officers with the Criminal Investigations Division are continuing this investigation. Anyone having information about this crime is asked to contact the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service any time of day.