Murder trial for former Cambridge Bay man tentatively set for September

Tyler Hikoalok accused of killing Elisabeth Salm in 2018 in Ottawa

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

By Madalyn Howitt

The trial of a man from Cambridge Bay facing a first-degree murder charge in Ottawa is expected to resume in September.

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

Hikoalok appeared at the Ottawa courthouse on Friday in person. His hair was pulled back into a ponytail, with the sides of his head shaved. He wore a white t-shirt, jeans and a surgical mask as he was led into the courtroom in handcuffs. Several members of Salm’s family were also present.

Judge Anne London-Weinstein and lawyers for the defence and the Crown agreed to a tentative start date of Sept. 12. The court will reconvene July 7 to confirm that date.

A series of delays have set back the start of the trial, originally scheduled to begin May 30.

After two days of jury selection, the trial was suddenly adjourned due to a pre-trial motion put forward by the defence.

The reasons for the motion are under a publication ban.

On Friday, London-Weinstein ruled in favour of the motion proceeding to a three-day hearing on Aug. 8, 9 and 12.


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