Laverdiere suspects back in court, next dates in October

Four suspects charged in connection to the death of Tiki Laverdiere will be seeing their matters return to provincial court in mid-October.

Jesse Sangster, Brent Checkosis, Danita Thomas and Shayla Orthner had their matters come up before Judge Murray Pelletier in provincial court Friday morning.

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The adjournment is mainly to accommodate a large amount of additional disclosure that is expected to be released by the end of this month.

Sangster, who faces first-degree murder, kidnapping, interference with a human body and theft of a motor vehicle charge, had his matters adjourned to Oct. 11.

A bail verification report that had been ordered at Sangster’s last court date has been completed, but no bail hearing is scheduled. Sangster made his latest appearance by closed circuit video. 

Brent Checkosis, whose charges include accessory to murder, theft of a motor vehicle and interference with a human body, was scheduled to appear by closed-circuit video. However, while counsel for Checkosis appeared by phone, Checkosis himself was unavailable.

Crown prosecutor Chris Browne noted Checkosis was still undergoing medical treatment following an incident at Saskatoon Correctional Centre. Checkosis was stabbed Aug. 22 while on remand at the facility, with two individuals charged in connection to that incident.

Checkosis is remanded by law to appear Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. to be spoken to that day. 

Danita Thomas, who appeared via CCTV from Pine Grove, has been remanded to her next appearance on Oct. 18 at 11:30 a.m. She faces first-degree murder, kidnapping, interfering with a human body and vehicle theft counts, as well as several other charges including three new counts: obstruction of a peace officer, possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, and failure to comply with a probation order. In total, seven informations have been filed against Thomas, with 14 charges. 

Finally, Shayla Orthner also appeared by closed-circuit TV and she has been remanded to Oct. 18 at 11:30 a.m. Orthner also has been charged under seven informations filed with the court, including the most serious charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, improperly interfering with a human body and theft of a motor vehicle in connection to the Laverdiere case.

As has been the case throughout, family members and supporters of Laverdiere were in attendance in the courtroom gallery Friday.

To date, eight individuals have been charged in connection to the Laverdiere case. Two more suspects in custody, Mavis Tatakenew and Nikita Cook, are due to make their next appearances in provincial court by closed-circuit TV on Sept. 13. 

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