A trial date has been delayed for one of the accused in the death of a La Ronge woman.
Sheena Billete was killed in December 2019 with her body found along the highway north of La Ronge.
Four people were charged in relation to her death.
Last year, Telsa McKenzie pled guilty to Manslaughter and was given a sentence of just over four and a half years in jail. However, with credit for time spent on remand McKenzie has since concluded her sentence.
Charlie Napthalie Charles, Deborah Maggie McKenzie, and Sharise Justice Sutherland-Kayseas were scheduled for a trial in Prince Albert next week. Each of them charged with first-degree murder.
On Wednesday morning at the Court of Kings Bench in Prince Albert, it was anticipated that Charlie Charles was going to enter a guilty plea to manslaughter before the trial.
However, Charles backed out moments before the hearing.
This means Charles’s lawyer had to remove herself as his representation for ethical reasons. With just days until Charles was scheduled for trial the court realized Charles would not be able to find a new lawyer in time. Therefore a new trial for Charles will need to be scheduled at a later date.
Charles has a pre-trial hearing scheduled for March 1 and will need to find a new lawyer before then. He will remain on remand until the new trial commences.
Meanwhile, the trial for the remaining two accused will go ahead next week as scheduled.