REGINA – The seven people charged in the murder of a 54-year-old Regina man made their first court appearance Monday afternoon.
The investigation began last week, when Regina police had blocked off an area in the 200 block of Quebec Street as well as in the 1600 block of Toronto Street.
Shawn Douglas was later found dead in a rural area, northeast of the city.
Five adults from Regina and two youth, aged 16 and 17, were arrested in Saskatoon. The teens will be tried separately but the adults as one case.
“Unless something else occurs procedurally, as of this moment, it will be one case going through the court system,” explained Crown Prosecutor Maura Landry outside of court. “Coordinating six lawyers’ schedules is going to be the nightmare in this file.”
Eighteen-year-old Aiden James Anaquod, 23-year-old Johnathon Nelson Peepeetch, 24-year-old Joshua Duane Wilson, 30-year-old Michael Shane McNab, and 32-year-old Dennis Calvin Thompson have been charged with first degree murder.
Regina Police tell Global News investigators believe the murder was not random and that the victim and those accused knew each other.
Five of the seven suspects are back in court August 18, while the other two will be back in two weeks. They have all been remanded into custody and have been ordered to not communicate with each other.