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Court case adjourned for man accused in RCMP officer's killing


The case of a man accused of causing the death of an RCMP member east of Regina has been set over to next month.

Alphonse Stanley Traverse is one of two people facing a manslaught­er charge in relation to the June 12 death of Const. Shelby Patton, killed during a traffic stop in Wolseley.

Traverse, 41, was expected to be before the court on Monday but his matter was instead set over to July 5 without his appearing. Due to COVID-19 restrictio­ns, what are termed administra­tive adjournmen­ts have become commonplac­e, enabling matters to be set over without requiring an accused to appear.

Traverse will remain in custody until then.

Meanwhile, his co-accused Marlene Velma Louise Pagee, 42, is set to return to court on Wednesday. Pagee's legal counsel previously told the court they were working on a plan in the hopes of securing her release. Up until now, the Crown has remained opposed to her release.

The pair was arrested just before 10 a.m. on June 12, about two hours after Indian Head RCMP learned their officer had been badly injured.

According to informatio­n previously released by the RCMP, Patton had located two suspects believed to be driving a truck stolen from Manitoba. During the resulting traffic stop, he reportedly was struck by the truck while outside his police vehicle.

A member of the public tried to help Patton, as did responding emergency crews, but he died at the scene.

At 8:38 a.m., a farmer near Odessa called to report a truck had been stolen from his property. Police responded and located both trucks near Francis, one of which had become stuck in the mud in a field.

Police said the suspects ran but were found and arrested.

Traverse and Pagee are charged with manslaught­er, failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in death, possession of stolen property, vehicle theft and breaches.

Pagee also is accused of drug possession.

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