Already awaiting new trial in Courtepatte killing
BY RYAN CORMIER, EDMONTONJOURNAL.COM
April 30, 2010
Briscoe, 39, was already in police custody when he was charged this morning. There is no word on his first court appearance.
Meyer, 33, was found dead in a field east of Edmonton on May 6, 2005. The last confirmed sighting of her was on April 1, 2005. She was one of several sex-trade workers found around Edmonton.
Project Kare, an RCMP task force formed to look at those murders, has been investigating her death ever since. Joseph Laboucan, 24, was charged with first-degree murder in Meyer’s death last year. His preliminary hearing was held this month.
Courtepatte, 13, was found on a golf course west of the city on April 4, 2005, two days after Meyer was last seen on Edmonton’s streets.
Ellie May Meyer
Briscoe was the only one of five charged in Courtepatte’s murder to walk away a free man. However, he was placed back in custody in April when the Supreme Court of Canada determined he would stand trial again for first-degree murder, aggravated assault and kidnapping.
“Even Briscoe’s own statements to police, on which the trial judge relied heavily, suggest that he had a strong, well-founded suspicion that someone would be killed at the golf course, and he may have been wilfully blind to the kidnapping and prospect of sexual assault,” the supreme court said in its decision.
Laboucan was convicted of first-degree murder in Courtepatte’s death.
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