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Stratford men charged with second-degree murder

OPP said two Stratford men are in custody and charged with second-degree murder, after a 27-year-old male stabbed in Grand Bend later died in hospital. A third accused from Perth County was charged with accessory after the fact to murder
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Two Stratford men are in custody after being arrested for second-degree murder.

Two Stratford men were charged with second-degree murder after an Exeter man died from stab wounds in hospital.

Lambton OPP and Anishinabek Police Service Kettle Point responded to an assault in a parking lot on Huron Street in Grand Bend at 10 p.m. on May 13. Lambton EMS transported Zacharey Hartman, 27 of Exeter, to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Michael Compton, 18, and Evan Radtke, 22, both from Stratford, have been charged with second-degree murder. Police have also charged Madison Hicks, 21, with acessory after the fact to murder.

Police relayed information about a suspect vehicle to neighbouring counties. Perth County OPP arrested all three.

The accused are in custody pending a bail hearing.

The investigation is continuing under the direction of the Criminal Investigations Branch with assistance from Lambton OPP Crime Unit and Forensic Identification Services and the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario.   

Anyone with information is asked to contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or *OPP (677) on your mobile phone. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or submit a tip online at

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