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Trial set for woman accused of burning down apartment building

The trial for 42-year-old Naomi Jean Yellowtail is set for Februrary 2023

NORTH BATTLEFORD – A trial has been set for a woman accused of burning down an apartment building earlier this year.

Judge William Mokuruk set the trial for 42-year-old Naomi Jean Yellowtail to Feb. 27 to March 2, 2023, in North Battleford Provincial Court.

Defence Nicole Bre waived Yellowtail’s attendance in court Monday. Court heard on Aug. 11 that Yellowtail was pleading not guilty.

Yellowtail’s co-accused, 22-year-old Keeanu Crookedneck is charged with arson with disregard for human life and breach of an undertaking. He had a show cause hearing scheduled Monday but the matter was adjourned to Sept. 1 after Crookedneck’s defence told the court that there may be a possible resolution.

Yellowtail is also charged with assault with a weapon, resisting arrest, and three breach of conditions. Yellowtail remains in custody at Pine Grove Correctional Centre in Prince Albert.

Battlefords RCMP had received a call about an apartment fire on 102 Street in North Battleford at about 1:25 a.m. on Jan. 3. When they arrived the structure was fully engulfed in flames. Seventeen residents and six emergency responders required medical treatment.

The charges against the two accused haven't been tested in court. 

ljoy@glaciermedia.ca

 

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