June 3, 2014 11:37 am
Updated: June 26, 2014 11:45 am

Jury selection complete, ‘contract killing’ murder trial begins


Watch above: the trial of Neil Yakimchuk, accused of killing Isho Hana, is underway in Saskatoon

SASKATOON – A decade after Isho Hana was gunned down on a Saskatoon street, one of the men accused in his death is now on trial at Court of Queen’s Bench.

Neil Yakimchuk is the first of four people to be tried for first-degree murder in the shooting death of Hana.

A publication ban restricts the media from reporting on any evidence or information presented at the trial.

This is because the three other men charged won’t stand trial until September.

According to Saskatoon police, Hana, 34, was shot and killed in the middle of Preston Avenue in April 2004 as part of an alleged “contract killing,” the result of a drug dispute.

At the time, Hana was married and the father of two young girls. He was also thought to be a member of the Hells Angels.

Several people are said to have heard or witnessed the event.

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