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Quin Squair homicide: Witness arrest warrants to be issued

Battlefords RCMP found Quin Squair with serious injuries at a home on Saulteaux First Nation April 18, 2023.

NORTH BATTLEFORD – Witness arrest warrants are expected to be issued for a preliminary hearing for three people charged in the death of Quin Squire, according to court documents.

Riley Gopher, 26, from Saulteaux First Nation, Colton Swiftwolfe, 21, from Moosomin First Nation, Alex Gopher, 31, from Sweetgrass First Nation, Wionna Katcheech, 22, from Saulteaux First Nation, and a youth from Saulteaux First Nation, were all charged with second-degree murder. The charge against Katcheech was withdrawn on Aug. 2, 2023.

On March 25, the attendance of Colton Swiftwolfe, Riley Gopher, and Alex Gopher was waived in North Battleford Provincial Court. On April 12, a preliminary hearing date is expected to be set.

Previously, on Aug. 15, 2023, the three had elected to be tried by judge without a jury in Battleford Court of King’s Bench.

Battlefords RCMP found Squair with serious injuries at a home on Saulteaux First Nation after getting a call about an assault on April 18, 2023. Officers provided first-aid and called for assistance from local EMS.

On April 19, 2023, police were told that Squair wouldn’t survive his injuries and RCMP Major Crimes took over the investigation.

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