Woman arrested after 60-year-old man stabbed to death in Hamilton

HAMILTON—A 60-year-old Hamilton man is dead after being stabbed outside a Cannon Street East variety store Sunday night.

The victim has been identified as Zoran Benasich, said Det. Sgt. Steve Bereziuk of the major crime unit.

Melena Pheasant, 36, was arrested near the scene and is facing a charge of second-degree murder.

Hamilton police were called for a “person down” outside a Big Bee convenience store at 440 Cannon St. E., at Wentworth Street North, just after 10 p.m. Sunday, Bereziuk said.

Police were nearby on an unrelated call and got to the scene within a minute, he said. Officers found the victim with obvious trauma, stabbed in the parking lot, outside his Hummer.

Witnesses on scene pointed out a woman who was “attempting to leave the area,” Bereziuk said. She was quickly arrested.

The Hamilton Spectator has confirmed that Pheasant posted a series of short videos on YouTube on

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