For the Lakeside Leader
A 21-year-old man accused in the tragic death of an Atikameg man in January returned to court on June 26. The accused, a resident of Slave Lake, appeared on a first-degree murder charge in High Prairie provincial court, via closed-circuit TV from remand in Edmonton. He is also charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and intimidation in the incident.Local lawyer Harry Jong spoke as an agent for Derek Jugnauth.“He would like to put it over to July 10 to join up with the co-accused and to set a date for a preliminary hearing,” Jong said.His co-accused, a 40-year-old woman from Atikameg, also returns to court July 10. The two are charged in the death of Jeff Gladue, whose body was found outside a residence in Atikameg on Jan. 14 after High Prairie RCMP responded to a report of shots being fired in the area.A charge of first-degree murder was withdrawn for a third suspect, when he appeared in High Prairie provincial court June 12. No reason was given, and a request for one from Slave Lake chief Crown prosecutor Andre Arseneau was not granted. Katherine Thompson, a public affairs officer in communications with Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, said it would be inappropriate to comment on the Crown’s action, since the matter is still before the courts.