Illness delays Tyler Hikoalok murder trial
Crown, defence expected to deliver closing submissions Thursday
An unexpected illness has delayed the first-degree murder trial of Tyler Hikoalok in Ottawa.
The Crown and the defence were scheduled to give their closing submissions on Wednesday, after nearly six weeks of witness testimonies and proceedings.
However, the lawyers will now deliver their closing arguments on Thursday after one reported feeling ill.
Judge Anne London-Weinstein is expected to give her charge to the jury on Friday before they begin deliberation.
Hikoalok, 22, originally from Cambridge Bay, is accused of killing Elisabeth Salm, 59, in 2018. On May 24 of that year, Salm was found severely beaten on the floor of the Christian Science Reading Room in downtown Ottawa.
She died the following afternoon at the Ottawa Civic Hospital from a traumatic head injury.
Hikoalok was arrested two days later, on May 27, and charged with Salm’s murder after security footage and DNA evidence taken from the scene linked Hikoalok to the attack.
A forensic psychiatrist who examined Hikoalok later testified that the accused did not meet the threshold required to be considered not criminally responsible for his actions.