Former bar employee arrested in double slaying

Updated: January 3, 2007, 10:16 PM ET
Associated Press

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, prosecutors said.

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.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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