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Murder suspects appear in court, remain behind bars

Steve Martel and Jordan Szyperski, both charged with second-degree murder, scheduled to return to court March 17 by video remand
Ron Peterson-Brennan, 47, was killed in downtown Barrie on Feb. 20, 2023.

The two suspects accused of murdering a 47-year-old man in downtown Barrie last month remain behind bars and are scheduled to be back in court next week following brief appearances today.

Steve Martel, 33, and Jordan Szyperski, 32, were in court separately via video on Friday, March 10, with both men now expected to return to court on March 17 by video remand.

Martel and Szyperski have been charged in the Feb. 20 stabbing death of Ron Peterson-Brennan.

Both men have been charged with second-degree murder, assault with a weapon, robbery, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Martel is also facing an additional charge of failing to comply with a probation order. 

None of the allegations against either of the accused have been tested in court. 

The incident took place just before 8:20 a.m., near 24 Collier St., which is Trinity Anglican Church.

Barrie police alleged that a confrontation occurred and that Peterson-Brennan was stabbed. He eventually made his way to a downtown eatery seeking help.

Staff of the restaurant called 911 and assisted Peterson-Brennan, but he later succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

Szyperski was arrested later that evening without incident Monday in Barrie, while Martel was arrested a few days later at around 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23 at a home on Hickling Trail in the city’s east end.