A preliminary hearing is scheduled to be begin later this week in Edmonton, for convicted murderer Joseph Laboucan.
Lawyers for the Fort St. John man successfully had the proceedings moved from Fort Saskatchewan to the Alberta capital last week but, Laboucan is not expected to appear at Thursday’s hearing. He’s now charged with second-degree murder, in connection with the 2005 death, of 33 year-old Ellie May Meyer, whose body was discovered in a Strathcona County farm field, in Alberta, on May 6th, of 2005.
The now 23 year old Laboucan was also among a group of people convicted, in the 2005 rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl, at an Edmonton area golf course.
He’s currently serving a life sentence in the federal prison in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan but, his lawyers are appealing that conviction.
Meyer’s body was just one of many discovered in the vast rural expanses of Strathcona County in recent years and, Laboucan was arrested and charged, as a result of investigations carried out by Project Kare.
The joint police task force was formed in 2003, to investigate the deaths of several so-called, “High Risk Missing Persons,” in and around the Edmonton area.