Jury selection begins in trial of Inuk man charged with 2018 Ottawa murder

Tyler Hikoalok accused of killing librarian Elisabeth Salm; first two days expected to be taken up with jury selection

The jury trial of Tyler Hikoalok, charged in the death of Elisabeth Salm in 2018, opened Monday at the Ontario Court of Justice in Ottawa. (Photo by Meral Jamal)

By Meral Jamal

Jury selection is expected to continue Tuesday at the trial of a former Cambridge Bay man charged with murder in the 2018 death of a woman in Ottawa.

The jury trial of Tyler Hikoalok began Monday in Ottawa. It’s expected to last four weeks.

Michael Smith, an Ottawa-based criminal and civil litigation lawyer representing Hikoalok, and assistant Crown attorney Lisa Miles are selecting 12 jurors from a pool of 340 citizens.

Originally from Cambridge Bay, Hikoalok is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Ottawa librarian Elisabeth Salm.

She was found clinging to life on May 24, 2018, at the Christian Science Reading Room on Laurier Avenue in Ottawa, where she worked as a volunteer librarian.

Salm died in hospital the following day. Hikoalok, who was 18 at the time, was arrested three days later.

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