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No murder charges after suspicious death investigation

Despite a suspicious-death investigation involving a woman who died on Sunday, police say the city has still logged just one murder in 2012.

“We felt at that time we were looking at the second homicide of the year and that's why we were called in to investigate,” said Staff Sgt. Bill Clark of Edmonton police's homicide branch.

Marie Sapp, 51, died on Sunday after she and her 23-year-old roommate were allegedly assaulted in a home at 85 Avenue near 108 Street over the weekend, said Clark.

Police have charged one man with aggravated assault as well as uttering death threats.

The male victim suffered a punctured lung, facial injuries and broken bones, according to police.

Clark said the medical examiner could not conclude Sapp's cause of death via an autopsy, but toxicology results, due to take months, could alter charges.

“If something comes out of the toxicology results, that may change that determination … and at that point charges could be upgraded to second-degree murder,” Clark explained.

Clark said Sapp was able to speak to investigators before she died.

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