Status of Court Proceedings on Murder Charges
September 3, 2020 (EDMONTON) – On August 31st, 2020, this matter appeared in St Paul Court of Queen’s Bench. The two men jointly charged with the murders of Morris Cardinal and Jake Sansom appeared at the St Paul Court for the Court to confirm trial dates.
Last month, the Crown received approval to proceed by way of 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.
Pleas of “not guilty” were entered and the election of trial by Judge and Jury confirmed. Trial dates were scheduled to be heard over a period of 4 weeks to be held from October 18, 2021 to November 12, 2021.
All trial dates set by a Court are subject to change at any time, before and during a trial. This can happen for many reasons, such as sickness or unavailability of witnesses.
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 reserved his decision. The decision has now been announced, allowing an appeal to proceed. The accused will stay in custody until the bail appeal is heard in the Court of Appeal on October 20th, 2020.
The other accused has also filed an appeal of his bail denial. Any accused has the right to appeal a court decision, and this is not uncommon in serious cases. It does not indicate one way or another that anything at the bail hearing was done incorrectly. The matter is currently scheduled for September 8 to possibly schedule a hearing.
We will post the date of the second bail denial appeals once it may be determined.