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Suspects arrested in New Year’s homicide

Police have arrested two Halifax men in connection with a New Year’s Eve party homicide in Antigonish.

Police have arrested two Halifax men in connection with a New Year’s Eve party homicide in Antigonish.

RCMP say they searched a number of homes yesterday and arrested two suspects without incident in the death of Jonathan Beaton, 25, of Southside Harbour.

Police say Beaton was stabbed to death at a New Year’s Eve house party after a major brawl broke out. Four other people were injured.

“Through the investigation, it was revealed that suspects involved who fled the scene were from the Halifax area,” said RCMP Sgt. Tony Perry of the Antigonish detatchment.

Police had already arrested Christopher David Fordham of Antigonish and charged him with attempted murder, aggravated assault and two counts of assault causing bodily harm.

No charges were laid against the men arrested late yesterday.

“They are in police custody and they are being questioned. It’s very likely that there will be some charges forthcoming,” Perry said. “At this point in time, I would not be able to say what charges.”

Police say they expect to make more arrests and there is at least one more suspect in the Halifax area.

The house party brawl broke out just minutes after midnight. Beaton died a few hours later at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital.