Damian Moosomin’s accused killer has bail hearing Monday

A woman charged with the murder of Damian Moosomin has a bail hearing scheduled in Battleford Court of Queen’s Bench June 14.

Stormy Wapass-Semaganis, 23, from Edmonton, is charged with first-degree murder.

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Wapass-Semaganis appeared in North Battleford Provincial Court from Pinegrove Correctional Centre on June 9.

Defence lawyer Bill Archer said Wapass-Semaganis wanted to be present today.

“I explained to her the process but she is most anxious to know what is going on. She has no prior criminal record and she is very nervous about the proceedings, which is probably a good thing.”

At Wapass-Semaganis’ previous provincial court appearances defence had said a bail hearing would be held in Court of Queen’s Bench. First, a bail verification report was needed, which was ordered. A revised report was then ordered after the first residence for her house arrest wasn’t suitable.

Wapass-Semaganis’ co-accused Denver Roy, 36, from Sweetgrass First Nation also had an appearance scheduled in court today. His appearance was waived.

Judge Lorna Dyck ordered a psychiatric assessment to determine whether Roy is fit to stand trial.

At his May court appearance, defence told the court there was a bed available for him at the Saskatchewan Hospital forensic unit but today the court heard that the bed wouldn’t be opened up for him until the judge issues the order.

“It’s clear that is what he needs,” said Judge Dyck. “We need to get this moving along. I feel there is a basis for this.”

Jannay Blackbird, 32, from Saulteaux First Nation, Tye Partridge, 23, from Moosomin First Nation, and Melissa Semaganis, 41, from Poundmaker First Nation are also charged with Moosomin’s murder.

Moosomin was reported missing to police on May 11, 2020. His body was found in the 1500 block of 105 Street in North Battleford on May 16, 2020.

The charges against the accused haven’t been proven in court.

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