Nunavut murder trial postponed until next year

Jeffrey Salomonie to be tried for murder in the May 2009 death of Daisy Curley


Jeffrey Salomonie’s murder trial, to decide a charge laid in connection with the 2009 death of Daisy Curley in Iqaluit, has been adjourned for a year.

Defence lawyer James Morton and Crown lawyer Paul Bychok, each confirmed the trial, which was set to begin Feb. 2 at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit, has been rescheduled for Feb.1, 2016.

Nunavut’s sheriff’s office also issued a news release Jan. 29 saying summons to appear for jury duty Feb. 2, presumably for this murder trial, is cancelled.

RCMP members arrested Salomonie and charged him with first-degree murder in June 2011, in connection with Curley’s death.

Police found Curley, 33 at the time, dead in her mother’s Iqaluit home in May 2009.

The arrest occurred after two retired RCMP officers were brought in to review the case in 2011, which by then was more than two years old.

The court held a voir dire hearing in Salomonie’s case earlier this month, but no evidence or information from that hearing may be published or broadcast.

Voir dire hearings are held to decide if certain pieces of evidence can be admitted at trial.

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