Tyler Hikoalok expected to testify at his own murder trial

Cambridge Bay man accused of first-degree murder in 2018 killing of Elisabeth Salm in Ottawa

Tyler Hikoalok, accused in the 2018 killing of 59-year-old Elisabeth Salm in Ottawa, is expected to testify at his first-degree murder trial in Ottawa on Tuesday. (Courtroom sketch by Lauren Foster-MacLeod)

By Madalyn Howitt

Tyler Hikoalok is expected to testify in his own defence Tuesday at his first-degree murder trial in Ottawa.

The 22-year-old Cambridge Bay man is accused of the murder of Elisabeth Salm, 59, a volunteer librarian, in Ottawa in 2018.

After three and a half weeks of testimony from close to two dozen witnesses, the Crown closed its case Sept. 29.

After several more days of arguments being heard without the jury present, proceedings were put on hold for seven weeks.

The trial resumed on Monday — without the jury — for a motion to be argued before the judge. The reasons for the motion are under a publication ban.

The defence, headed by lawyers Michael Smith and Brook Laforest, is scheduled to open its case Tuesday and begin calling witnesses to testify before the jury.

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