Murder charge laid following stabbing in downtown Kamloops

James Dylan Sanford, 32, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the homicide of a 33-year-old man.

A Kamloops man has now been charged in connection with a fatal stabbing in downtown Kamloops on Saturday, Sept. 12.

James Dylan Sanford, 32, is charged with second-degree murder. Court documents identify the victim as 33-year-old Daniel Thomas Myles.

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Police were called to the 1300-block of Columbia Street at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, where the victim was found with serious injuries. He was tended to by paramedics and taken to Royal Inland Hospital, where he died. He had been stabbed in the chest.

Mounties say the stabbing was preceded by an altercation in the parking lot of the Acadian Motor Inn at 1390 Columbia St. Sanford was arrested at about 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and is expected to appear in Kamloops Law Courts on Monday, Sept. 14.

Sanford is also facing unrelated drug charges — two counts trafficking in a controlled substance (heroin/fentanyl) — that will be the subject of a preliminary inquiry in on Oct. 6.

A Kamloops Mountie removes police tape from the area near where a fatal stabbing occurred on Sept. 12. - Tim Petruk/KTW

Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay said the victim was also dealing wth criminal charges that were before the court and was under release conditions that included no-contact conditions, including not to be at the Acadian Motor Inn, where he was stabbed. Pillay said Sanford and the victim knew each other.

"This event can best be described as an ongoing conflict between associates, which, unfortunately, culminated with a murder,” Pillay said. “Although Mr. Sanford is currently under charge for drug trafficking from an unrelated investigation, we do not believe this incident is related to drug trafficking or organized crime.

Pillay said the stabbing was preceded by events that began at about 3 a.m. on Saturday, noting police are asking for anybody who witnessed suspicious activity at the motel to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

While investigating, police cordoned off an area near the motel to process evidence. Access to the motel parking lot was restricted until Sunday as police worked overnight processing evidence.

Pillay said police are in the process of notifying next of kin and no further information about the victim can be released.

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