Judge rules mur­der trial in case of miss­ing Al­berta cou­ple will go ahead

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

ED­MON­TON — A judge has ruled that charges against an ac­cused in the mys­te­ri­ous deaths of two Al­berta se­niors will stand even though the RCMP made se­ri­ous mis­takes and pros­e­cu­tors didn’t get the sus­pect to trial quickly. Jus­tice Denny Thomas said Tues­day that lawyers for Travis Vader failed to prove the case should be dropped be­cause it didn’t get to trial in a rea­son­able time. He also dis­missed an al­leged abuse of process, which the de­fence ar­gued oc­curred when Moun­ties didn’t ini­tially dis­close all the ev­i­dence against Vader to lawyers. Vader was charged in 2012 with first-de­gree mur­der in the deaths of Lyle and Marie McCann. The McCanns, in their late 70s, were last seen fu­elling up their mo­torhome two years ear­lier in their home­town of St. Al­bert, just north of Ed­mon­ton. Their bod­ies have never been found. The charges against Vader were stayed days be­fore a trial in 2014, but were re­ac­ti­vated by the Crown nine months later. A trial is now set to be­gin March 8.

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