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Bail hearing set for Connie Oakes

By Medicine Hat News on April 10, 2017.

Photo by Andrea Carol Connie Oakes, right, arrives at Swift Current Provincial Court Monday morning to face charges.

An April 19 bail hearing was set Monday for Connie Oakes, who faces charges of aggravated assault, forcible confinement and uttering threats in connection to an alleged stabbing at a Maple Creek, Sask., residence April 5.

Ricky Lee Rockthunder, 35, of Nekaneet First Nation, has been charged in the same incident.

According to an RCMP news release a male stabbing victim was brought to hospital around 7 p.m. on April 5 and after speaking with the victim Oakes and Rockthunder were located by police and arrested.

The connection between the two suspects is not known at this time, according to RCMP Sgt. Earl LeBlanc.

It’s unclear whether the alleged stabbing was premeditated, LeBlanc added.

Oakes and Wendy Scott had been charged in 2012 after Casey Armstrong was found dead in his home on  Southview Drive in Medicine Hat over the Victoria Day long weekend in 2011.

After a two-week trial in November 2013, Oakes was convicted of second-degree murder. This conviction was successfully appealed early this year and Oakes was set free on April 28, 2016, after Scott, the sole witness to the crime, was deemed to be unreliable due to her testimony’s inconsistency and low cognitive abilities.

Scott had a second-degree murder conviction entered against her and was sentenced in November 2012 to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 10 years. However, that conviction was quashed by the Alberta Court of Appeal in October 2015, and a retrial ordered. A stay of proceedings granted Jan. 13, 2017, by a Court of Queen’s Bench justice in Medicine Hat.

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