Defence proposes resolution in case against Onion Lake woman accused of murder

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There may be a resolution in the case against an Onion Lake woman charged with second-degree murder.

A lawyer representing Shari Heathen, 27, requested an adjournment until next month saying he's in discussions with the Crown. Lawyer Blaine Beaven appeared in Lloydminster Provincial Court March 8 by phone for his client and said he has made a proposal to the Crown.

Beaven waived Heathen’s attendance in court. She remains incarcerated at Pine Grove Correctional Centre for women in Prince Albert since her arrest in July 2020. There have been numerous delays and adjournments in the case since her arrest.

Heathen is accused of killing Braeden Alfred James Sparvier, 26. According to Turtleford RCMP, Sparvier’s body was found east of St. Walburg in the R.M. of Frenchman Butte on Jan. 1, 2020. Onion Lake RCMP and specialized RCMP units assisted in the investigation, which determined that Sparvier’s death was a homicide.

An obituary for Sparvier described him as “selfless and (he) put everyone first.” It went on to say that he was “so loving, kind, gentle and happy. He had a smile that would light up any room and he had the most contagious laugh.”

The matter will be brought before Lloydminster Provincial Court again on April 6.

Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist