Manslaughter charges laid in nightclub assault


Two young Edmonton men face charges in the slaying of a teen who died in hospital the day after he was assaulted outside a downtown nightclub.

Brent William Todd, 20, and Travis John Gabriel Martin, 22, each face one count of manslaughter in the death of Colby Baker, 19. They turned themselves at police headquarters downtown on Tuesday.

Baker was taken to hospital after the altercation that occurred around 2 a.m. Sunday outside the Buffalo Underground Nightclub at 102nd Avenue and 103rd Street.

"He was speaking, he was awake, everything seemed like he was doing well," said police spokeswoman Clair Seyler.

"However, we got a call at approximately 9:30 that morning to say that his condition had taken a severe turn for the worst."

Baker died after he was taken off life support Monday. Police are not releasing the cause of death.

Baker's death came as a shock to his close friend, Aric Desmarais, 19.

"I didn't know how to feel," he said. "I was kind of in shock, I think. I think I'm still in shock."

Desmarais, who attends the University of Regina, had been friends with Baker since the two were in Grade 7 or 8.

Desmarais played football with Baker at McNally High School in Edmonton. Baker was working and was training in hopes of trying out for the Edmonton Wildcats football team, his friend said.

Baker was a good-natured person, who liked to have fun, Desmarais said.

"He was always smiling. He made everyone laugh. He was a funny guy. He was the joker," he said, adding that Baker's passions were his friends and football. He was an ardent Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Baker did not know the two men accused in his death, police said. Employees at the club told CBC News the fight was over a taxi.