Trial of Inuk man charged with Ottawa murder starts Monday

Tyler Hikoalok charged with first-degree murder of librarian Elisabeth Salm

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 Nunatsiaq News

The trial of a man originally from Cambridge Bay who was charged with murder in the 2018 death of an Ottawa librarian, is scheduled to begin Monday in a downtown courtroom in the nation’s capital.

The jury trial of Tyler Hikoalok is slated for four weeks.

Tyler Hikoalok, seen in this file photo from 2018, when he was an aspiring 18-year-old hip-hop artist. He is scheduled to stand trial in Ottawa, accused of first-degree murder in the death of a 59-year-old Ottawa woman Elisabeth Salm. (File photo)

He was charged with murder in the death of 59-year-old Elisabeth Salm, who 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.

She died in hospital the following day. Hikoalok, who was 18 at the time, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder three days later.

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