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Canadian Triple Homicide Suspect Ruled Incompetent for Trial

By: Julie Montanaro; Michael Springer; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Julie Montanaro; Michael Springer; Lanetra Bennett Email

By: Garin Flowers

Tallahassee, FL - A judge has ordered that a Canadian fugitive is not mentally competent at this time to withstand trial for charges against him.

The Department of Children and Families will send Justin Bresaw to receive medical attention until he is able to return to court to face charges of burglary, battery on a law enforcement officer, and resisting arrest.

Bresaw appeared in Leon County court at 4 p.m.

The purpose of this hearing was to decide if he is competent to stand trial after attacking a Tallahassee officer before being arrested.

Two psychologists called to the stand met with Bresaw.

They both say he believed aliens were inhabiting his body and that he has hallucinations. One doctor said Bresaw is intellectually capable but could be impaired by his delusions. The other said Bresaw's behavior in the court would be questionable.

Bresaw was arrested in October of last year at a Tallahassee home.

He's accused of killing three people and then setting their home on fire in Quebec, Canada.


Tallahassee, FL - John Justin Bresaw was wanted for killing three people in Canada and then setting the house on fire to cover it up. He was caught in Tallahassee last Fall.

WCTV has a reporter in the courtroom and will bring you more information as it becomes available.


UPDATED 10.12.2012 by Julie Montanaro

Canadian fugitive John Justin Bresaw was escorted to court Thursday by the Leon County Swat Team.

The judge raised Bresaw's bond from $3500 to more than $100,000.

Prosecutor Jon Fuchs says the move will keep Bresaw out of federal custody and help to speed up court proceedings in Tallahassee.

Fuchs says Bresaw's next court date is November 13th. He expects to set a trial date at that hearing.

Bresaw faces charges of burglary, battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and more for a confrontation with a Tallahassee Police officer on Sunday.

Bresaw faces murder and arson charges in Canada.
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Tallahassee, FL- Justin Bresaw has his first appearance Monday Morning. Bond was granted for the local charges. But, he is still being held in the Leon County Jail for the warrant on his murder and arson charges out of Canada.

Police say the fugitive was arrested at a Tallahassee home. But, not before fighting with a police officer, escaping a headlock, and being tracked down for three hours by canines.

Tallahassee resident Cassie Mills walks her dog every day, but she was shocked that police dogs roamed her neighborhood Sunday.

Police arrested murder suspect Justin Bresaw.

Mills says, "It's very scary. I live with roommates, so it's good that they caught him. But, it's scary that it could be right down the road."

Bresaw is one of Quebec's 10 Most Wanted Criminals. He's wanted for killing three people in Canada and trying to cover it up by setting the house on fire on September 17th.

Police say TPD's SGT Sam Gereg spotted Bresaw around 1:30 Sunday morning using a laptop he had plugged into an outside outlet of New Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church on Old Bainbridge Road in Tallahassee.

Police say Bresaw gave a bogus name and tried to run, then he and SGT Gereg started fighting.

OFC David Northway, the spokesperson for the Tallahassee Police Department, says, "At some point, Mr. Bresaw also said, 'You're going to have to kill me.' As they struggled, Mr. Bresaw and SGT Gereg fell to the ground. During the fall, SGT Gereg struck a 4x4 support beam, breaking his nose and causing quite a laceration to his face. To his credit, he continued to fight."

But Bresaw got away. Officers and canines searched for him for three hours.

Police saw Bresaw on the front porch of a home on Voncile Road. Then eventually found him around the corner, hiding under the back deck at 2201 Joyner Road.

Canadian officials say Bresaw will be brought back to Quebec once legal procedures are complete in Florida. There is not timeline when that will happen as of yet.

Authorities say they do not know how or why Bresaw was in Tallahassee, but, they do plan to question him once he's back in Canada.

TPD says SGT Gereg is doing okay after his run-in with Bresaw. He returned to work Monday. He has been with the Tallahassee Police Department for 19 years.

The following is from Quebec's 10 Most Wanted Criminals website:
On September 17, 2012, at 2:56 p.m., a call was made to 911 about a fire at 202, 4e Avenue Est, in Amos. The first police officers and the firefighters arrived quickly on the premises of a single-family home where roomers were living in the basement, which also had a common area. The flames reportedly spread rapidly, imprisoning the people present.
On the site of the fire, two bodies corresponding to the owners were discovered in the common area of the basement, and another body was found in one of the bedrooms. The police investigation confirmed the theory of triple murders followed by a fire intended to cover them up. The suspect in the case, Justin Bresaw, fled the premises in a blue Honda Civic and reportedly crossed the U.S. border. The suspect was one of the roomers in the house and was to be evicted on September 27.


Tallahassee, FL- A Canadian man wanted for a triple homicide in Quebec was caught in Tallahassee Sunday morning.

Thirty-five-year-old Justin Bresaw is accused of setting fire to a home he was evicted from, killing the three people living inside back on September 17.

Tallahassee Police arrested Bresaw after they say he hit an officer and fled when the officer tried to question him.

Police say they stopped to question Bresaw after they saw him using a laptop connected to utility box of a church.

Bresaw makes his first court appearance Monday.

In Canada, Bresaw faces three counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson.

In addition to the charges Bresaw is facing in Canada, he is now being charged by Tallahassee Police with battery, resisting arrest, and being a fugitive from justice.


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