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A former property manager has been charged in the February 1996 death of a tenant of the St. Lawrence Village apartment complex, Niagara Regional Police reported Friday.

Earl Tredwell, 64, a retired employee of General Motors, had been bludgeoned with a blunt object and died of multiple skull fractures, police said. His body was discovered by an employee of the apartment complex.

Tredwell had retired from General Motors only two months earlier and was planning to move to the east coast of Canada to live near relatives.

Police said a substantial amount of money was missing from Tredwell's apartment. Robbery is believed to have been the motive for the killing.

Earl Carlton Hanes, 53, of Windsor, has been charged with first-degree murder. Police said Hanes, who was the property manager at St. Lawrence Village at the time of Tredwell's death, moved to Windsor in 1997.

Hanes has been returned here and is in custody, pending a bail hearing.

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