By Bill Graveland in Lethbridge, Alberta
One of four men charged with conspiracy to commit murder at a border blockade protest in southern Alberta wants to go directly to trial.
A lawyer for Christopher Lysak, 48, told a Lethbridge judge Monday he is waiving his right to a preliminary hearing and has elected to be tried by a judge and jury in Court of Queen’s Bench.
Lysak, along with Chris Carbert, Anthony Olienick and Jerry Morin, are to return to court April 25.
Lysak, who is also charged with uttering threats, possession of a weapon and mischief to property over $5000, was previously denied bail.
“He is detained and would like the earliest trial,” said lawyer Alias Sanders, on behalf of Lysak’s lawyer, Jim Lutz.
Lawyers representing Morin and Carbert indicated they were planning to seek bail hearings for their clients. Calgary lawyer Alain Hepner is on the record as Olienick’s counsel.
The protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and other pandemic restrictions began at the U.S. border crossing near Coutts, Alta., in late January and lasted for almost three weeks.
Fourteen people were charged after RCMP found a cache of long guns, handguns, body armour, large amounts of ammunition and high-capacity magazines in three trailers tied to the protest.
Police allege a group at the protest was willing to use force if the blockade was disrupted and described the threat as “very serious.”
Crown prosecutor Aaron Rankin said additional evidence from the RCMP was made available to lawyers on Friday.
“The Crown provided what is referred to as RCMP package No. 1 … which is another body of disclosure,” Rankin said.
“Friday’s package includes wiretap audio and wiretap summaries.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 11, 2022.
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Police arrest two more people following killing of eight-year-old girl in Alberta
An Edmonton Police Service logo is shown at a press conference in Edmonton, Oct. 2, 2017. Police in Edmonton have charged two more people following the killing of an eight-year-old girl whose remains were found on a First Nation south of the provincial capital in April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Police in Edmonton have charged two more people following the killing of an eight-year-old girl whose remains were found on a First Nation south of the provincial capital.
Officers responded on April 24 to a welfare call about the girl at an Edmonton home but were unable to locate her.
Her remains were discovered five days later on the Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis.
Shayden Lightning, who is 21, and Raighne Stoney, who is 36, have been charged with being an accessory to murder and causing an indignity to a body.
Three others were initially charged in the case.
Police are not releasing the names of two of the accused in order to protect the identities of other children related to the victim, whose identity is under a publication ban.
A 27-year-old woman faces a charge of first-degree murder and a 25-year-old man faces charges of being an accessory to murder and causing an indignity to a body.
Edward Nievera, 67, was charged with being an accessory to murder and causing an indignity to a body.
Edmonton police Staff Sgt. Colin Leathem said in a release Friday that the recent arrests will be the last in the case and that the investigation has concluded.
“We want to thank the RCMP in Maskwacis and Wetaskiwin for their assistance with this investigation,” he said. “Needless to say, this was an exceptionally distressing investigation to work on, and they went above and beyond in helping to facilitate these final arrests and bring this file to conclusion.
“While nothing can change the horror of what occurred, we hope (the arrests) can provide some measure of justice to those who knew and loved this little girl.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2023.
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