Two charged in Tiki Laverdiere murder have court appearances

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Two people charged in connection to the murder of twenty-five-year-old Tiki Laverdiere from Edmonton had appearances scheduled in North Battleford Provincial Court Jan. 15.

Lawyers representing Jesse Sangster and Samuel Takakenew asked the court to waive their attendance and adjourn the matters to Feb. 19.

Laverdiere’s body was found in a rural area near North Battleford on July 11, 2019, two months after she was reported missing.

The 10 people charged in connection to Laverdiere’s death include Nicole Cook, Soaring Eagle Whitstone, Shayla Orthner, Danita Thomas, Jesse Sangster, Nikita Sandra Cook, Samuel Takakenew, Charles St. Savard, Brent Checkosis and Mavis Takakenew.

In May 2020 Mavis Takakenew and Brent Checkosis pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to murder. Checkosis was sentenced to 18 months and Takakenew was handed seven years. In January 2021, Charles St. Savard pleaded guilty to kidnapping with intent to unlawfully confine and was sentenced to two years less a day.

The charges against the seven remaining co-accused haven’t been proven in court.

There is a ban on publication on the sentencing hearings for St. Savard, Checkosis and Mavis Takakenew until the trials of all the co-accused are finished.

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