August 13, 2020
Status of Court Proceedings on Murder Charges
On August 13, 2020, this matter appeared in two separate Courts. 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 Crown to confirm a direct indictment, sending the murder trial directly to the Court of Queen’s Bench. 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 Judge today in St. Paul sent the case to the Court of Queen’s Bench for arraignment at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 31, 2020. This will be when both accused persons can enter a plea. They are expected to enter pleas of “not guilty” which would result in the Court needing to fix trial dates for a Judge and Jury trial.
One of the two accused who was denied bail in June also appeared in the Court of Appeal on August 13 asking the court permission to appeal his bail denial. Justice Wakeling heard the application, and announced that he will deliver his decision within 10 days. He can either rule that the accused has permission to appeal the bail denial order or to deny an appeal. If permission is granted, a bail appeal hearing date would be scheduled later likely either in late August or in September for a fall hearing date.
We will post the results of the August 13th Court of Appeal application as soon as it is released.
We cannot post evidence or details of what was said in Court today due to a non-publication order.