Ninth suspect in Laverdiere case appears in court

The ninth individual charged in the Tiki Laverdiere murder case made his first appearance in North Battleford provincial court Monday.

Charles St. Savard faces counts of first degree murder and kidnapping in connection to the May 1, 2019 death of Laverdiere. He had previously been charged with assault causing bodily harm, but that charge was withdrawn by the Crown and replaced by the first degree murder charge.

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St. Savard appeared in person in provincial court Monday before Judge Murray Pelletier. He has been remanded by consent to Friday, July 17 at 11 a.m., to appear by closed-circuit TV.

The reason for the adjournment is to allow time for St. Savard to obtain counsel. The indication from North Battleford Legal Aid is that they cannot take him on due to conflicts for their office, so alternative arrangements will be lined up. Should St. Savard seek bail in the case, that would have to go through Queen's Bench court. 

St. Savard is subject to a no-contact order; there is a temporary publication ban on those names in that order. 

So far seven individuals have been charged with first-degree murder in the case; two others have pled guilty to accessory to murder counts and jail sentences were imposed.

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