DETROIT -- A former employee of a sports bar owned by the
Detroit Red Wings' Chris Chelios was charged with murder Wednesday
in the stabbing deaths of two employees.
Justin Blackshere, 17, was fired from Cheli's Chili Bar several
weeks ago, though it was not immediately known why. Investigators
think he returned to the eatery and stabbed manager Megan Soroka,
49, of Dearborn; and cook Mark Barnard, 52, of Detroit, shortly
before their bodies were found Tuesday morning on the second floor,
Blackshere was arraigned Wednesday evening and ordered held
without bond until a Jan. 16 preliminary examination.
He faces a mandatory life in prison without parole if convicted.
"From all accounts Ms. Soroka and Mr. Bernard were good
employees and more importantly, good people," Prosecutor Kym
Worthy said in the news release. "It is truly disturbing that they
died in such a senseless and violent manner."
Chelios did not play in Detroit's 2-1 win against Anaheim
Tuesday night and was not traveling with the team on Wednesday so
he could deal with matters at his bar, coach Mike Babcock said.
The Red Wings play in San Jose on Thursday.
Chelios opened the restaurant in 2005.