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Murder charges dropped in Victoria case

Dec 10 2011

Victoria, B.C. - Joshua Bredo, who faced a murder charge in connection with the death of Daniel Levesque, was released from custody Friday after the charge was dropped.

Levesque, 20, died and Bredo was injured after an altercation in a condominium in the 700 block of Cormorant Street in Victoria on Aug. 3.

The investigation failed to produce sufficient evidence to convict Bredo, Victoria police said Friday.

“I can’t believe this,” said Levesque’s grandfather, Paul Levesque, of Revelstoke, after he heard that the charge had been dropped.

Family members were hoping that a conviction would give them closure, he said.

“Daniel was 20 years old with so much promise and so much going for himself,” Levesque said.

Daniel played guitar at various spots in Victoria and was often accompanied by Bredo.

Bredo has used names including Joshua Baba, Joshua Chartier and Josh Mitchell.

He used the name Baba in October 2007 when he pledged $10,000 of his own money to start the Matthew McCully Foundation, named for a fallen soldier from Prince George.

But the McCully family said he never followed through with the cash and plans for a national tour.

In August 2008, the McCully family said Bredo left them with bills of $2,300 after a planned benefit event was cancelled at short notice.

In June 2009, Calgary mayoral candidate George Dadamo hired Bredo as his assistant and then quit the mayor’s race after media reports about Bredo’s past.

In August last year, the city of Cranbrook said it had no affiliation with events that Bredo, using the name Josh Chartier, was promoting there. A federal Conservative candidate hired Bredo to work on his campaign but was left with the costs for signs, pictures and a website he did not authorize Bredo to create.

smcculloch@timescolonist.com