A warrant to hold was issued for Michael MacKay after his lawyer failed to appear in North Battleford Provincial Court May 14 as scheduled to set a preliminary hearing date.
Judge Daniel O’Hanlon issued the warrant to hold for no later than Monday, May 17, at the request of Crown Prosecutor Oryn Holm. This means that MacKay, or his lawyer, must appear by Monday or the warrant will be activated and MacKay will be arrested. He was released on bail after a show cause hearing in Battleford Court of Queen’s Bench in April.
MacKay, 38, of Meota, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 38-year-old wife Cindy MacKay. MacKay was arrested in Warman, Sask., on March 18. Police say they launched an investigation after health care professionals raised concerns to RCMP. Police didn’t specify what those concerns were.
Cindy MacKay was taken to hospital in medical distress on Feb. 7, 2020, and she died days later on Feb. 12, 2020.
Meota is a tiny village 43 kilometres northwest of North Battleford.