Mistawasis murder case inches slowly forward

Saskatchewan Provincial Court in Prince Albert. Herald File Photo

A man facing murder charges for a death on Mistawasis First Nation will seek a preliminary inquiry, a Prince Albert court heard Monday.

Danny Lee Ledoux, 30, is accused of the murder of Cindy Joseph on March 3, 2017. His proceedings have been repeatedly delayed after he fired his legal aid lawyer and sought court appointed counsel.

Ledoux finally appeared in provincial court by video on Monday to watch his new lawyer, Kathy Hodgson-Smith, attempt to set a date for a preliminary inquiry.

Preliminary inquiries give the defence a chance to test the Crown’s evidence and hear from witnesses in advance of trial.

Crown prosecutor Jeff Lubyk indicated that he plans to call about 10 witnesses. He said the hearing is expected to last about three days.

The lawyers were unable to schedule a date for the inquiry, however, due to the absence of a court worker who handles scheduling. They adjourned Ledoux’s case to August 21.