-11.4 C
Fort St. John
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
9924 101 ave Fort St. John, B.C.
Advertisement
Home News Wokeley pleads not guilty of murdering Pamela Napoleon

Wokeley pleads not guilty of murdering Pamela Napoleon

Advertisement

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Leon Wokeley has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Pamela Napoleon nearly four years ago.

Wokeley appeared at an arraignment in Fort St. John this afternoon where he pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, arson, and indignity to human remains in connection with Napoleon’s death, which occurred in 2014. Her and Wokeley were last seen together on July 8, 2014, leaving the Blueberry First Nations. This was the last time that Napoleon was seen alive. After her family reported Napoleon missing later that month, her body was discovered in a burned-down cabin near Buick on August 4th of that year.

At Wednesday’s arraignment hearing, Wokeley’s defence lawyer Georges Rivard told the judge that his client was pleading not guilty to all three charges, and has elected to have the trial heard by judge alone in B.C. Supreme Court.

“That’s his constitutional right, and basically he’s entitled to challenge the evidence,” said Rivard. “So that’s why he entered to plead not guilty.”

- Advertisement -

Rivard also said that his client would be waiving his right to a preliminary hearing where Wokeley would be able to challenge some of the evidence gathered by police, and to instead proceed directly to trial. Rivard said that his client decided against the preliminary hearing and to proceed directly to trial to avoid any further delays.

Wokeley’s next court appearance is set for Monday, June 11th, at 10:00 a.m., when a date for the trial will be set.

get the latest news in your inbox

Author

Advertisement

Local Events

Must Read

Team Busche participates at Alberta Senior Curling Provincials

SPRUCE GROVE, A.B. - Team Busche was in Spruce Grove for the Alberta Senior Curling Provincials.Team Busche represented the Peace Region, from February 13 to the 17,...