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Justice for Jake and Morris: Status of Court Proceedings on Murder Charges

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On July 16, the two men jointly charged with the murders of Morris Cardinal and Jake Sansom appeared at St. Paul Provincial Court. The charges were in Court for the setting of preliminary hearing dates. 

At the hearing, the Crown announced that they expect the Justice and Solicitor General to consent to the Crown proceeding by direct indictment. This is a procedure whereby the Crown prosecutor sends the case directly to a trial without the accused being able to have a preliminary hearing. A preliminary hearing is a court hearing where a Provincial Court Judge determines if there is enough evidence to have a case go to trial.

The two accused next appear at 9:30 am on August 13 at St. Paul Provincial Court when a preliminary hearing date should be set, or the case sent to the Court of Queen’s Bench to set a trial date in that Court.

One of the two accused was denied bail on June 16 and the other accused is expected to apply for bail in Edmonton Court of Queen’s Bench at 10:00 a.m. on July 29.