Closing arguments were heard today for two women accused of the death of Sheena Billette on December 23, 2019.

Deborah McKenzie and Sharise Sutherland-Kayseas are both facing a first-degree murder charge at the Court of King’s Bench in Prince Albert.

McKenzie and Sutherland-Kayseas began their trial on January 26, 2024. The trial was adjourned to this morning when closing arguments were heard.

On January 26, the court imposed a publication ban on all evidence heard throughout the trial, as one of the accused for Billette’s death is still awaiting trial.

Outside of court, Sheena’s father, Willie Billette, spoke with media and said everyday has been a struggle for him and his family since Sheena’s passing.

“We have a life sentence, we have to live with this for the rest of our lives and that’s not going to change. These guys are young, and one day they’re going to be out, and we’ll still carry this life sentence for the rest of our lives,” said Billette.

Another person accused of Billette’s death pleaded guilty to manslaughter last year and received a three-and-a-half-year sentence.

The trial is now adjourned and will resume on June 12 to present the final verdict.

(Photo of Willie Billette outside the Prince Albert courthouse. By Jenna Smith.)