Justin Kuijer Formally Charged with 1st-Degree Murder in Death of Stepson

Justin Kuijer Formally Charged with 1st-Degree Murder in Death of Stepson

As Justin Kuijer was formally charged with first-degree murder in the death of his stepson in a St. Catharines, Ont., court Thursday, he avoided making eye contact with anyone in the courtroom, including friends and family.

The accused's sisters were visibly upset and sobbed throughout the proceedings

Kuijer, 43, wearing a full beard and an orange jumpsuit, was ordered to make his next court appearance on April 19. A bail hearing has not been scheduled.

After a nationwide manhunt, Kuijer was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Kenora, Ont., ending a five-day search that began after Nathan Dumas was found in medical distress at his home last Friday. The seven-year-old died in hospital on Saturday.

A warrant was issued Monday for the St. Catharines man in Nathan's death and the stabbing last Friday of a woman at a local RBC branch.

Police said Kuijer would not have been apprehended so quickly without people widely sharing his image on social media.

A Go Fund Me page has been created to help Nathan Dumas's mother Whitney following the slaying of her son. (www.gofundme.com/help-for-nathan-dumas)

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/justin-kuijer-formally-charged-with-1st-degree-murder-in-death-of-stepson-1.4037582

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