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Attempted murder and other charges laid against three people following stabbing incident in Shelburne

SHELBURNE, N.S. – Charges that include attempted murder have been laid against three people as the RCMP investigate a stabbing incident that they say occurred on Dec. 27 in Shelburne.

According to a media release that was issued Sunday morning, Dec. 30, at approximately 3:15 p.m. on Dec. 27, the Shelburne RCMP responded to a report of a stabbing that took place inside an apartment on Clements St.

The RCMP say Cade Alexander Benham, 24; Matthew James Jackson, 31; and Yan Franklin Cox, 46, all from Shelburne County, were arrested and charged with the following:

• attempted murder

• aggravated assault

• assault with a weapon

The media release said two of the individuals received serious injuries and that all individuals are known to each other and remain in police custody.

Contacted for further comment, RCMP Corporal Andrew Joyce said those who were injured are among those who are charged and that it was a 911 call from outside the apartment that alerted the police to the incident. He said the RCMP found two men suffering from “serious, serious injuries."

Joyce said the three men knew each another and were together in the apartment when some kind of altercation occurred. One of the three men lives in the apartment. One man stabbed another, he stabbed back, and then the third man stabbed one of the other two, Joyce said. The police don’t know what sparked the violence. 

“The reasons why, I think they’re still delving into. . . . Sometimes, in cases like this, the why is the tricky thing to figure out,” Joyce said. “All the moving parts are still being put together.”

He said there is no indication the incident was a home invasion. Someone else called police after spotting one of the victims outside the apartment.

Joyce couldn’t say if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the incident. He would not comment on the specific injuries. 

The three individuals remain in custody and are scheduled to appear in Yarmouth Provincial Court on Monday, Dec. 31. Cpl. Joyce said their matters have been scheduled for show cause/bail hearings, which is a court proceeding to determine if people can be released from custody while their matters are before the court.

The RCMP investigation into the incident is continuing.

Anyone with information on what took place is asked to contact Shelburne RCMP at 902-875-2490. Should people wish to remain anonymous call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at, or use the P3 Tips App.

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