Further charges laid against five suspects in murder of Quinte West teen

Photo by Logan Cadue/Kingstonist.

Additional charges have been laid in connection with a death in Quinte West in early January 2024, according to a release from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

Police stated that on January 7, 2024, at approximately 11 a.m., members of the Quinte West Detachment of the OPP responded to a well-being check at a motel on Dundas Street East. Officers located Kiean Stoddard, 17 years old from Quinte West, deceased at that location. 

As a result of the investigation, five people have been arrested and charged with First Degree Murder:

  • Morgan Belyea, 22 years old, of Belleville
  • Steven Courneyea, 27 years old, of Belleville
  • Harold Russell, 43 years old, of Quinte West 
  • Aaron Ryan, 28 years old, of Quinte West
  • Khadijah Courneyea, 29 years old, of Quinte West. 

In March 2024, the five individuals charged in connection with a death in Quinte West in January made a brief court appearance. See Kingstonist’s coverage of that event here.

On Tuesday, Apr. 9, 2024, the OPP released the following additional charges:

Belyea, Steven Courneyea, and Russell have further been charged with:

  • Conspiracy to commit murder
  • Robbery with a weapon

Khadijah Courneyea and Ryan have further been charged with:

  • Conspiracy to commit murder
  • Robbery with a weapon
  • Obstructing a peace officer

According to the release, the investigation continues under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch, in conjunction with the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Quinte West OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477 (TIPS), where they may be eligible to receive a cash reward.

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