June 21, 2016 - 11:08 AM
KAMLOOPS - Details are emerging about the man accused of attempted murder following an assault which left a teen brain dead and in a coma this past weekend.
Jessie Simpson, 18, remains on life support at Royal Inland Hospital. A spokesperson for the family, Simpson's uncle, said Jessie was declared brain dead by doctors and he may be taken off life support soon.
According to several sources, Simpson was attending a graduation party not far from the Clifford Avenue home of Kristopher Teichrieb, 39. At some point early Sunday morning, June 19, Teichrieb found Simpson on his property.
One neighbour, who lives a couple of houses down from Teichrieb, says he is a good person, and has never seen an angry side to him.
"I think the kid was just in the wrong place at the wrong time," the neighbour said.
Neighbours said Teichrieb chased after Simpson with a baseball bat down Holt Street before hitting him with the bat.
If Simpson dies, Teichrieb's charges will likely be elevated to murder. Teichrieb remains in custody pending a bail hearing later this week.
Teichrieb previously had a business license with the City of Kamloops for Dutchman Construction and now operates Kamloops Concrete Repair.
According to his mother he has three young children.
One of his neighbours said Teichrieb had "anger issues" but would not elaborate. Another neighbour said Teichrieb has had break-ins at his home before. Several people in the Brocklehurst neighbourhood have recently complained about vehicle and home break ins.
A woman inside Teichrieb's residence did not answer the door for iNFOnews.ca today.
In a release following the altercation RCMP said the man looked out his window and saw the younger male on his driveway. He then approached the teen and an altercation ensued.
— This story was updated at 3:50 p.m. June 21 to add new information from neighbours and Cheryl Teichrieb.
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