Police lay second murder charge in New Year’s Day shooting

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Nearly a year and a half later, Brantford police have charged a second man with first-degree murder for the death of Jeff Maxner.

Maxner, 34, was shot on Monday, January 1, 2018 around 5:30 p.m. in Brantford in a parking lot at the corner of Terrace Hill Street and St. Paul Avenue. He later succumbed to his injuries at the nearby Brantford General Hospital, which went into lockdown for a few hours after the shooting.

Three days later the police stopped and arrested Joel Scalzo, 28, on Highway 403 east of Brantford. He was charged with uttering threats. A week later Scalzo was also charged with a variety of drug offences.

The Brantford Police Service major crime unit continued to investigate the shooting and, on Feb. 2, 2018, Scalzo was charged with first-degree murder.

On Thursday police also charged Preaktra Chao, 26, of Brantford with first-degree murder.

Police believe the victim and the accused knew each other and that this was not a random act of violence.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Sgt. Amber Jackson of the major crime unit at 519-756-7050, ext. 3330 or email ajackson@police.brantford.on.ca or call Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800- 222-8477.

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