Man charged with Brandon Applegate murder makes first court appearance
A photo of Justin Troy Ballantyne provided by Saskatoon Police Service.
SASKATOON -- A man accused of killing local youth advocate Brandon Applegate made his first appearance at Saskatoon Provincial Court Tuesday morning.
Justin Ballantyne, 30, is charged with second-degree murder in Applegate's death.
Applegate was found suffering a gunshot wound on Eighth Street East and Clarence Avenue on Oct. 4.
The 22-year-old died in hospital from his injuries.
Applegate worked for a non-profit organization, advocating for youth voices.
“He really cared about other people. So it’s extra tragic because he was really trying to make a difference in the community,” Applegate’s coworker, Dave Shanks, told CTV News shortly after Applegate’s death.
Police said the shooting was not random.
Ballantyne is scheduled to be back in court later this week.