NORTH BATTLEFORD – A preliminary hearing is wrapping up for a woman charged in connection with 20-year-old Damian Moosomin’s death.
Stormy Wapass-Semaganis, 24, of Edmonton is charged with first-degree murder. She was last in North Battleford Provincial Court Monday for the hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for her to stand trial and the matter was adjourned to June 20 to be spoken to.
Wapass-Semaganis and five others were arrested following an 11-month police investigation into Moosomin’s death. He was reported missing to police May 11, 2020, and his body was found five days later in the backyard of a home in the 1500 block of 105 Street in North Battleford. Police didn’t say how he died but called it a homicide.
In May, Tye Partridge pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
In November 2021, Denver Roy from Sweetgrass First Nation pleaded guilty to improperly interfering with human remains and sentenced to 300 days in jail.
Trials are still to be set for Jannay Blackbird of Saulteaux First Nation who is charged with first-degree murder and Melissa Semaganis of Poundmaker First Nation who is charged with accessory after the fact to murder.
A young offender, who can’t be identified in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was charged with accessory after the fact to murder.
There is a ban on publication of the details of all trials and sentencing hearings until the remaining accused have gone through the court system. The charges against them haven’t been proven in court.