Charges against two women accused of killing Damian Moosomin have been upgraded to first-degree murder.
Associate Regional Crown Prosecutor Chris Browne upgraded the charges against Stormy Wapass-Semaganis, 23, from Edmonton, and Jannay Blackbird, 22, from Saulteaux First Nation, to first-degree murder.
Wapass-Semaganis is seeking bail and a show cause hearing is expected to be held in Battleford Court of Queen’s Bench next week. Her defence asked for an updated bail verification report to canvass the suitability of a residence in Mervin.
A bail verification report was also ordered for Melissa Semaganis, 41, from Poundmaker First Nation. She is charged with accessory after the fact to murder. Her attendance in North Batttleford Provincial Court was waived today.
Tye Partridge, 23, from Moosomin First Nation, is charged with first-degree murder. His attendance on May 19 was also waived and the matter adjourned to June 22.
Denver Roy, 36, from Sweetgrass First Nation, is charged with second-degree murder in relation to Moosomin’s death. His appearance in court May 19 was waived and the matter was adjourned to June 22 at defence’s request.
A young offender, who can’t be identified in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder.
The charges against the accused haven’t been proven in court.
Moosomin’s body was found in the 1500 block of 105 Street in North Battleford on May 16, 2020. He was reported missing to police on May 11, 2020.