A first-degree murder case out of Ahtahkakoop took a surprising turn in Prince Albert Provincial Court on Thursday.

Dakota Hilliard John Knife’s defense, legal aid lawyer Adam Masiowski, told a Prince Albert judge that the case will most likely end up being resolved soon. Court heard that first, Knife has to review the files in his case that the Crown had disclosed.

Dakota is charged with the Sept. 2 death of Tyrone Jacob Knife, 21.Tyrone was found in critical condition on a trail near several homes on reserve, suffering from a gunshot wound. STARS air ambulance was called in, but he was pronounced dead before the flight.

That same night, Dakota was arrested in a separate matter and later became the suspect in Tyrone’s death.

Dakota is charged with murder, using a firearm while committing an indictable offence, assault, aggravated assault, and possession of a prohibited weapon.

He’s been held in Regina, and on Thursday he waved at his family when he was in the prisoner’s box. The RCMP has stated Dakota and Tyrone are related.

Dakota’s case has been set ahead until mid-January, and he’ll remain in custody until then.