Bird charged with manslaughter in Sparvier’s death

An Onion Lake Cree Nation man was charged with manslaughter for the death of 26-year-old Braeden Sparvier, also of Onion Lake.

Earlier this year Twobears Bird, 22, was charged with accessory to murder. In Lloydminster Provincial Court today, a defence lawyer for Bird asked for an adjournment to go over additional disclosure from the new charge of manslaughter.

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Shari Priscilla Heathen is charged with second-degree murder for Sparvier’s death. At her court appearance on April 19, her defence lawyer told the court that he had been in discussions with the Crown about a proposed resolution in her case. She appears next in court on May 25.

Bird’s matter will be before the court again on May 19.

The charges against Heathen and Bird haven’t been proven in court.

Sparvier’s body was found on Jan. 1, 2020, east of St. Walburg in the R.M. of Frenchman Butte. Police say the investigation into Sparvier’s death is ongoing and they encourage anyone with information to call Turtleford RCMP at 306-845-4520. Information may also be submitted anonymously to Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submitting a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com.

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