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. Sentenced on May 15 to seven years in prison.

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.

Other matters come up Aug. 13 at 9:30 a.m., Court #3

Jesse Sangster

Not guilty plea to first-degree murder, kidnapping and, improper interference with a human body. Preliminary hearing scheduled for June has been rescheduled to Sept. 28 in courtroom #2 at 9:30 a.m.; dates are Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, Oct. 5-9 and Oct. 13-16. Case management is scheduled for July 17 at 8:45 a.m. Two other matters unrelated to the murder/kidnapping charges are adjourned for election the same day at 11 a.m.

Nicole Cook

Most recent appearance in provincial court was May 29; has been committed to trial at Queen's Bench court. Faces charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, improper interference with a human body and theft of motor vehicle.

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.

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 Aug. 17.  

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. Sentenced on May 15 to 18 months in jail. 

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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