|Police at the scene of the latest city slaying on Monday. It's the 10th homicide of the year. (DOREEN THUNDER/QMI Agency)
EDMONTON -- A man found dead in his Edmonton home Sunday was stabbed to death, say police, who've now charged his common-law wife with second-degree murder.
Results of an autopsy completed Tuesday revealed that Rodney Petryk, 44, was fatally stabbed.
Police were called to Petryk's 12245 93 St. house just before midnight Sunday and found him dead.
Neighbours said officers had been to the residence several times before.
It was not the first death at that home.
In 2008, neighbours said Petryk's brother — who lived with him — froze to death in the backyard.
By Tuesday morning, police tape had been removed.
Clothes and sheets hung from a line in the backyard of Petryk's home, untouched.
"It's just quiet," said Darlene Kolar, Petryk's next door neighbour.
Kolar says she believes the neighbourhood is safe and was shocked to learn about the homicide.
"It's unfortunate," she said. "But you can live in beautiful, big homes and this can happen too."
Neighbours have described Petryk as a "nice guy" who was helpful, clearing snow, mowing lawns, or helping with other odd jobs.
Loralyn Thom, 43, has been charged with second-degree murder.
This was Edmonton's tenth homicide of 2010.