Lawyers for accused killers Vega Bear and Branden Dillon ask for more adjournments

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Lawyers for two Onion Lake men accused of killing Braden Bull asked the Lloydminster Provincial Court for an adjournment to go over disclosure.

The appearances for Vega Bear, 24, and Branden Dillon, 26, on April 7 were waived.

Lawyer Brian Pfefferle, who represents Bear, told the court that he is in discussions with the Crown, adding that, “further disclosure is forthcoming.”

Pfefferle said he has sufficient disclosure to enter an election how Bear wants to be tried but requested a one-month adjournment.

Likewise, lawyer Kathy Hodgson-Smith, who represents Dillon, said she has received disclosure, is reviewing it and needs one more adjournment.

Disclosure consists of the Crown’s case against the accused and usually includes search warrants, the charging document, details of the offence, audio/video and transcribed witness statements, statements from the accused, expert reports, exhibits, private communication intercept authorizations, evidence, and criminal records of witnesses and the accused.

North Battleford Crown prosecutor Oryn Holm said that Hodgson-Smith will receive the “second waive of disclosure” by next week.

North Battleford Judge Daniel O’Hanlon granted the adjournments.

Dillon and Bear are both scheduled to appear in Lloydminster Provincial Court by CCTV from the correctional centre on May 5. They are each charged with second-degree murder. The charges against them haven’t been proven in court.

Bulls’ murder is one of three murders in approximately two months that prompted Onion Lake Cree Nation to declare a state of emergency in January 2020 after the Nation experienced increased drug and gang-related activity.

Bull was last seen Jan. 7, 2020. He was reported missing on Jan. 20, 2020, and his body was found the next day.

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

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