Edmonton Journal

Saturday, November 23, 2002

Toddler cut, man stabbed to death; woman charged with murder

Florence Loyie, Journal Staff Writer
The Edmonton Journal

A city woman has been charged in the stabbing death of her common-law husband.

Police were responding to an unrelated call in the Norwood neighbourhood at about 11 p.m. Thursday when they were flagged down.

They were told there had been a stabbing at an apartment building at 9525 114th Ave.

Edward Marcel Vivian, 28, was found in the second-floor suite, lying on a bed with multiple stab wounds to his chest, neck and face.

He died from a massive loss of blood.

Police say a 17-month-old boy who was being held by Vivian had a stab wound to his wrist that required several stitches to close.

Police spokesman Dean Parthenis said witnesses reported hearing a dispute and a short time later the victim was stabbed.

Toni Beaugard, who lives on the top floor, said she heard arguing coming from the suite below hers earlier in the evening.

"I thought, 'Here we go again.' Then I heard a baby crying and I thought, 'Oh no. They are fighting in front of the child.' ''

Beaugard, who has lived in the building for about a year, said there are often parties going on in the apartment below hers and across from the suite where the victim was found.

"They are constantly hooting and hollering in the middle of the night. My husband has to get up at 4 o'clock in the morning to get ready to go to work, and at two or three in the morning we have this going on,'' she said.

The suite where the victim was found belongs to Pauline Gamble, described by neighbours as a nice lady who doesn't drink or do drugs.

It's not known whether Gamble was home when the stabbing occurred. It's believed the boy is her nephew.

After the arguing stopped, Beaugard said she looked out the window and saw a blond-haired woman flag down a passing police car. The woman spoke to police then walked away.

Jessica Bigstone, 25, has been charged with second-degree murder, two counts of possession of an offensive weapon and aggravated assault.

floyie@thejournal.southam.ca

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