A Poundmaker First Nation woman charged with the murder of 20-year-old Damian Moosomin had a brief appearance in North Battleford Provincial Court July 23.
Defence Barb Degenstien asked the court for an adjournment for 41-year-old Melissa Semaganis. Crown Prosecutor Jennifer Schmidt agreed to the adjournment.
Judge Murray Pelletier adjourned the matter until Sept. 29 when Semaganis is expected to elect how she wants to be tried.
In April and May 2021, RCMP arrested five people for Moosomin’s murder. Moosomin’s body was found in the 1500 block of 105 Street in North Battleford on May 16, 2020. He was reported missing to police on May 11, 2020.
Tye Partridge, 23, from Moosomin First Nation is charged with first-degree murder. He appears in court next July 26.
Jannay Blackbird, 22, from Saulteaux First Nation is charged with first-degree murder. She also appears July 26.
Stormy Wapass-Semaganis, 23, from Edmonton, is charged with first-degree murder. She had a bail hearing in Battleford Court of Queen’s Bench in June and the judge ordered a ban on publication of the results. She appears in North Battleford Provincial Court in September.
Denver Roy, 36, from Sweetgrass First Nation, is charged with second-degree murder. In May, the court ordered that a psychiatric assessment on Roy be done at the Saskatchewan Hospital forensic unit in North Battleford. He appears in court again in August.
A young offender who can’t be identified in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act is charged with accessory after the fact to murder.
The charges against the accused haven’t been proven in court.