Hearing for man accused of murder that prompted Onion Lake to declare state of emergency adjourned

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A preliminary hearing for an Onion Lake Cree Nation man accused of killing a Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation man didn’t go ahead in Lloydminster Provincial Court.

The hearing for Marvin Stanley, 28, on a second-degree murder charge, was scheduled for Nov. 23 but it was adjourned until Dec. 8 to speak to the matter.

Stanley remains in custody since his arrest in October 2019 for the murder of Conrad Tracey Mooswa, 32.

Mooswa’s murder in October 2019 - along with the murders of Braden Bull and Braeden Sparvier in January 2020 - led Onion Lake Cree Nation to declare a state of emergency Jan. 24, 2020. The body of Bull, 32, of Little Pine First Nation was found on Onion Lake Cree Nation Jan. 21, 2020. Sparvier’s body was found Jan. 1, 2020, along a road in the R.M. of Frenchman Butte, which borders Onion Lake Cree Nation.

“The Nation has now experienced three deaths directly related to drugs and gang activity within the last two months, along with numerous high speed chases and violent crimes,” Onion Lake Cree Nation said in their January 2020 media release when declaring a state of emergency.

The charges against Stanley haven’t been proven in court.

Mooswa’s obituary says he lived in Loon Lake and Onion Lake, and wherever there was a golf course. During his younger years he succeeded in hockey then golf became his passion. With his big stature he was an instant bodyguard to all close to him.

“He had a heart of gold, was never shy to let people know he loved them,” says his obituary. “As a family we all knew he would go beyond to help and be protective especially during difficult times he would try his best to make them smile or laugh, or kick butt. His favourite saying to others was ‘Do you think you are better than me.’ He was a very driven man, if one door closed another one opened and he would do whatever it took to achieve that goal.”

Mooswa’s body was found Oct. 23, 2019, at a residence on Onion Lake Cree Nation. EMS declared him deceased at the scene.

The RCMP Major Crime Unit South, Lloydminster Police Dog Services, Lloydminster Forensic Identification Section, Edmonton Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Section and Onion Lake RCMP Detachment members were involved in the investigation into Mooswa’s murder.

If anyone has any information that could assist investigators, please contact Onion Lake RCMP at 306-344-5550. Information can also be submitted anonymously to Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submitting a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com.

Onion Lake Cree Nation borders the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan and is located about 50 kilometres north of Lloydminster.


Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter / Battlefords News-Optimist

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