The Laverdiere case: as it stands

Here is a rundown of where all the suspects in the Tiki Laverdiere murder case sit in the court process at the moment (all are in custody):

Brent Checkosis

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Guilty plea to accessory to murder.

Sentencing in Queen’s Bench court Battleford, Feb. 10. Decision to be handed down on March 25 at 2 p.m. in Battleford.

No pleas entered for improper interference with a human body or theft of motor vehicle.

Stay of proceedings on several weapons counts entered in provincial court matters on Feb. 21 in North Battleford provincial court.

Nikita Cook

Not-guilty plea to first-degree murder and kidnapping.

Has elected Queen’s Bench judge and jury trial, committed to Queen’s Bench by consent, trial scheduled for Jan 11-March 5, 2021 in Battleford.

Provincial Court matters return March 20 for election and plea in North Battleford.

Jesse Sangster

Not guilty plea to first-degree murder, kidnapping and, improper interference with a human body. Preliminary hearing scheduled to begin June 9 in North Battleford to run for three weeks.

Case management scheduled for March 2, 8:45 a.m. in North Battleford Court #2. 

Nicole Cook

No plea yet to first-degree murder, kidnapping, improper interference with a human body or theft of motor vehicle.

Due back in North Battleford Provincial Court, March 20.

Shayla Orthner

Committal to QB court on first-degree murder, kidnapping, improper interference with a human body charges; waived right to preliminary hearing. Guilty plea on Jan. 31 in North Battleford provincial court on unrelated Saskatoon counts of passenger in a vehicle knowing it to be stolen, and failure to appear in court to give evidence: sentenced to 30 days.

Pretrial scheduled for Queen's Bench court in Battleford March 27.

Soaring Eagle Whitstone

Election of QB for first-degree murder, kidnapping, improper interference with a human body. Preliminary hearing scheduled for North Battleford to begin Nov. 2, to run three weeks. Case management in North Battleford March 2.  

Danita Thomas

Election of QB trial on first-degree murder, kidnapping, improper interference with a human body. Preliminary hearing scheduled for North Battleford to begin Nov. 30, to run three weeks. 

Mavis Takakenew

Guilty plea to accessory to murder charge on Feb. 10. Sentencing decision to be handed down March 25 at 4 p.m. in Battleford. 

Background: Tiki Laverdiere was reported missing to Battlefords RCMP on May 12.

On June 10, Saskatchewan RCMP announced that her disappearance was the result of foul play and would be investigated as a homicide.

On July 11, North Battleford RCMP and the RCMP Major Crime Unit were conducting a ground search in a rural area outside of North Battleford when a police dog with the North Battleford RCMP Police Dog Services Unit discovered human remains.

On July 17, RCMP announced the remains were determined to be those of Laverdiere.

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