Accused in second degree murder makes first court appearance

Incident on Thunderchild First Nation in 2018

The man charged with second degree murder after a suspicious death investigation on Thunderchild First Nation made his first court appearance Monday morning,

Ivor Antoine Wapass appeared in North Battleford provincial court before Judge Murray Pelletier. He has been remanded in custody to Nov. 18, at 9:30 a.m. in provincial court.

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A no-contact order was also made and there is a publication ban on the names listed in that order.

The case dates back to Sept. 15, 2018 when Turtleford RCMP responded to a call about a 57-year-old male being in medical distress. EMS arrived shortly afterwards and pronounced Roger Standingwater deceased. Additional resources from the RCMP Major Crimes Unit North, North Battleford General Investigation Section and Forensic Identification section were called to assist, and an autopsy to determine the cause of Standingwater’s death was conducted Sept. 18 2018.

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