Warrant to hold for Meota man charged with 1st-degree murder vacated

A warrant to hold for Michael MacKay was cancelled after his lawyer appeared in North Battleford Provincial Court May 17.

Michael MacKay’s lawyer didn’t appear in court May 14 as scheduled to set a preliminary hearing date and the warrant to hold against MacKay was issued at the Crown’s request. Nicholas Stooshinoff appeared, however, on May 17 and apologized to the court saying he had an urgent court matter he was dealing with at the time. The warrant to hold was vacated.

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MacKay, 38, of Meota, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 38-year-old wife Cindy MacKay. He was arrested in Warman on March 18. Police say they launched an investigation after health care professionals raised concerns to RCMP but they didn’t specify what were those concerns.

Cindy MacKay was taken to hospital in medical distress on Feb. 7, 2020, and she died days later on Feb. 12, 2020.

Stooshinoff told the court he needs to determine which witnesses will be called and how many for a preliminary hearing. The matter was adjourned to June 1 to set dates for a preliminary hearing.

Meota is a village 43 kilometres northwest of North Battleford

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