Five Laverdiere suspects in court Friday

Five suspects in connection to the Tiki Laverdiere murder case were back in provincial court again Friday, Nov. 15.

Brent Checkosis, Jesse Sangster, Mavis Takakenew, Shayla Orthner and Danita Thomas all appeared by closed-circuit TV, and all their matters have been adjourned to later dates.

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In Checkosis’s case, he is already committed to stand trial on his main charge of accessory to murder. His appearance Friday, by video from Regina, was in connection to a host of unrelated provincial court matters; those matters were adjourned to Jan. 17 2020 at 11 a.m. by closed-circuit TV. His next Queen’s Bench date is Dec. 20 in Battleford, again for pre-trial.

As for the remaining accused who appeared on Friday, all their matters were adjourned to December, with the primary reason to allow for what lawyers describe as a significant amount of disclosure to be provided in the case by the end of this month. 

Sangster, who appeared by closed-circuit TV from Saskatoon, faces first degree murder, kidnapping, interference with a human body and other counts. He is remanded to his next appearance Dec. 13 in provincial court by CCTV.

Takakenew, who faces an accessory to murder charge, saw her matters adjourned to Dec. 20 by CCTV. During Takakenew’s video appearance, she expressed frustration about a lack of communication about the case; the explanation from the judge was that Takakenew's lawyer was still awaiting a large amount of disclosure before she can discuss the case with her.

Shayla Orthner and Danita Thomas both face first-degree murder and other charges; their matters have also been adjourned to Dec. 20 by closed-circuit TV. Again, the Crown indicated there was significant disclosure to come in the case.

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