Date for former Nunavut man’s murder trial expected next week

Tyler Hikoalok accused of killing Ottawa librarian Elisabeth Salm in 2018

Tyler Hikoalok sits in a courtroom at the Ottawa courthouse on Thursday, June 16, 2022. Hikoalok is charged with first-degree murder in the 2018 death of Elisabeth Salm (Sketch by Lauren Foster-MacLeod)

By Madalyn Howitt

A new trial date for a former Cambridge Bay man facing a first-degree murder charge in Ottawa is expected to be set next week. 

Tyler Hikoalok, 22, is charged in the 2018 death of Elisabeth Salm, a 59-year-old volunteer librarian at the Christian Science Reading Room on Laurier Avenue in Ottawa. 

Hikoalok’s trial had been set to start May 30. Two days into jury selection, it was adjourned due to a pre-trial motion put forward by the defence. 

The reasons for the pre-trial motion are under a publication ban. 

Hikoalak appeared in an Ottawa courtroom on Thursday, where judge Anne London-Weinstein set a court date of June 24 to issue her ruling on the motion, and to decide when the trial should resume.

Hikoalok has been in custody at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre leading up to the trial.

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In court, both Crown and defence lawyers suggested it could be rescheduled for mid-September and last between four and five weeks. 

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