Fort Liard woman charged with murder denied bail

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A 21-year-old woman charged with second-degree murder the death of a Fort Liard man last fall has been denied bail.

Selena Lomen, represented by defence lawyer Peter Harte, had sought pretrial release.

She’s been in custody since her arrest on Oct. 28, when the body of 34-year-old Danny Klondike was found inside a Fort Liard residence.

A court-ordered ban prevents the publication of any evidence, as well as submissions from counsel and the reasons given by Justice Louise Charbonneau for not granting bail, heard during the hearing.

Lomen has elected to be tried by a judge and jury with the benefit of a preliminary inquiry – a hearing to determine the strength of the Crown’s case.

The preliminary hearing is set to begin on June 10 in Hay River.  If necessary, the hearing will continue between June 12 and June 13 in Fort Liard.

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