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Random drug testing added to Travis Vader’s bail conditions

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Travis Vader's bail conditions were reviewed Friday after the man accused of two counts of first-degree murder showed up late for court four times in one month. Plus, his sister, Bobbi-Jo Vader, has been ruled a hostile witness. Kendra Slugoski reports – Apr 15, 2016

EDMONTON — More bail conditions have been added to Travis Vader‘s release following a review Friday afternoon.

Details of the bail hearing cannot be published because of a publication ban, but the review came after the 44-year-old showed up late for court for the fourth time Wednesday morning.

Vader’s tardiness prompted the Crown to ask for the bail review.

Justice Paul Belzil was called in to preside over the bail review and issued the added conditions, which include:

  • Random drug testing once a week unless suspicion of a breach (urine sample)
  • Random residence search once a week unless suspicion of a breach
  • No unlawful drugs in his residence

READ MORE: Travis Vader’s bail conditions to be reviewed after 4th time late for McCann murder trial

Vader was 30 minutes late for court Wednesday, the fourth time he was late in a month. Vader’s lawyer Brian Beresh told the court that Vader was using a reliable vehicle, but it was borrowed by someone else and wasn’t returned on time.

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Vader was late three other times, twice citing car troubles, another time telling court he slept in.

READ MORE: Travis Vader late again, delays Day 19 of double murder trial

Vader is on trial for two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of St. Albert couple Lyle and Marie McCann.

The McCanns, who were in their late 70s, were last seen fuelling up their motorhome in their hometown near Edmonton on July 3, 2010. The motorhome was found on fire about 200 kilometres west of the city two days later. Their bodies have yet to be found.

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Vader has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The trial, now wrapping up its sixth week, was originally scheduled to last six weeks, but due to delays will now run into May.

With files from Caley Ramsay. 

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