Alberta judge dismisses mistrial application, trucker to be sentenced in hotel death

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EDMONTON — A judge has dismissed an Ontario truck driver's application for a mistrial after he was found guilty of killing a woman in his Edmonton hotel room.

A sentencing hearing was to start this week for Bradley Barton, but it was postponed after the 52-year-old asked for a mistrial.

In February, a jury convicted Barton, who is from Mississauga, Ont., of manslaughter in the 2011 death of Cindy Gladue.

Gladue, a 36-year-old Metis and Cree woman, bled to death in a bathtub at the Yellowhead Inn.

The trial heard that Gladue had four times the legal limit of alcohol in her system and bled to death from a severe wound in her vagina.

It was the second trial for Barton, as a jury in 2015 found him not guilty of first-degree murder.

The acquittal sparked rallies and calls for justice for Indigenous women. Both the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada ordered a new trial.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 4, 2021.

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