A Toronto law office employee is now charged with first-degree murder

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TORONTO – Last month, a Toronto law office upgraded charges of fatally stabbing a 29-year-old woman.

Julia Ferguson was stabbed at the office of Hicks Adams LLP at 238 King Street East on the afternoon of Sept. 2, according to police. He was taken to hospital for treatment but died three days later.

Police say the accused stabbed her first with a knife and then surrendered to police.

He was identified as 33-year-old Osman Osman of Toronto.

Osman was charged with second-degree murder in Ferguson’s death, but on Tuesday, Toronto police confirmed that the charge has now been upgraded to a first-degree murder.

Founded by friends of the victim, GoFundMe, Ferguson worked as a receptionist at a law firm specializing in criminal defense.

The police had previously confirmed that the attack was not random, but investigators have yet to give any details on the likely motive.

Shortly after the homicide, police said the suspects believed they were targeting the business but not Ferguson in particular.

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