Trial dates set for murder suspect in Laverdiere case

Nikita Cook is scheduled for trial in January, 2021

Trial dates are now set for one of the individuals facing a first degree murder charge in the Tiki Laverdiere case.

It has been confirmed by Queen’s Bench court that the murder trial for Nikita Cook has been scheduled for Jan. 11 to March 5, 2021, in Battleford.

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The news comes on the heels of Cook’s latest court date in Queen’s Bench chambers on Dec. 20. Cook faces first degree murder and kidnapping charges in connection to the death of Laverdiere on May 1, 2019.   

Cook is one of eight individuals charged in the case, and one of six individuals facing a charge of first degree murder. Of those individuals Cook is the first to have Queen’s Bench trial dates set.   

Another accused, Brent Checkosis, recently pled guilty to a charge of accessory to murder and is scheduled for sentencing at Battleford Queen’s Bench court on Feb. 10.

The matters for the other six individuals remain in provincial court, with five of them scheduled to appear at the next court date on Jan. 17 in North Battleford. Cook is also scheduled to appear that day on her other less-serious provincial court charges. That appearance is to be by closed-circuit TV.

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