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Pelican Lake man pleading not guilty in death of B.C. man

Walter Abbott is accused of killing a B.C. man on Pelican Lake First Nation in September 2021

NORTH BATTLEFORD – A Pelican Lake First Nation man accused of killing a 54-year-old British Columbia man will be pleading not guilty court heard.

Sixty-one-year-old Walter Jack Abbott appeared in North Battleford Provincial Court Friday by telephone from the correctional centre.

Defence lawyer Jonathan Bodvarson asked that a preliminary hearing be scheduled.

Judge Ian Mokuruk adjourned the matter to July 12 for case management. Crown Prosecutor Steven Larocque told the court he is finalizing the witness list and will have discussions with the defence.

Abbott was charged in relation to the death of a 54-year-old man from Golden, B.C. Police haven’t released the victim’s name but say Abbott and the victim were known to one another.

According to police, at approximately 8:30 a.m., on Sept. 17, 2021, Spiritwood RCMP received a report of a deceased man at a residence on Pelican Lake First Nation. Officers and EMS responded and the man was declared deceased at the scene.

The charges against Abbott haven’t been proven in court.

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