A 32-year-old now faces a murder charge over the death of a man following an incident outside Yellowknife’s sobering centre earlier in the week.
Victor Ugyuk had initially been charged with aggravated assault over the incident, which saw 36-year-old Mark Poodlat medevaced to Edmonton on Tuesday before passing away on Thursday.
Video footage published online shows a man strike Poodlat in the face three times, causing him to collapse.
On Friday, RCMP said they had decided to upgrade Ugyuk’s charge to murder.
“Yellowknife RCMP and the NT RCMP major crime unit are working with the NT Coroner Service with a coroner’s investigation,” police said in a short statement.