Wearing ribbon skirts, and holding indicators studying, “Justice for Billie,” and “No extra MMIWG,” about 20 ladies held a rally exterior of the Edmonton Legislation Courts Friday morning.
The group is demanding justice for Billie Johnson. The 30-year-old mom of two vanished Dec. 24, 2020. Her stays had been found in April, north of Edmonton.
Kenneth Courtorielle, 35, has been charged with second diploma homicide in Johnson’s demise. Court docket employee and household supporter Luci Johnson stated the crown has indicated it’s contemplating downgrading the cost to manslaughter resulting from lack of proof.
The group needs the accused to face trial for homicide and nothing much less.
“We’re not proud of the stream of the prosecution in the way it has handled this way, and there are issues that have to be addressed,” Luci stated.
Johnson began a petition outlining these considerations and plans at hand ship it to Justice Minister Kaycee Madu.
“It’s vital to provide her a voice, she doesn’t have voice proper now,” Luci stated of Billie.
“We’re not going away. Whether or not or not you assume we’re being hassle makers, we’re not. We’re talking up for our family members.”
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Billie’s mother, Marless Johnson was on the rally. She was sporting a blue shirt with an image of her daughter on it.
“My daughter had an excellent sense of humour. She was vibrant, she was spunky,” Marless stated.
“She wasn’t one thing you simply throw away.
“I’m overwhelmed, and I thank everybody for supporting me and popping out right here. We have to make a change.”
Courtorielle has but to enter a plea. In courtroom Friday morning, no utility to change the cost was made. The case was adjourned till Nov. 12.
In keeping with police, Courtorielle and Billie had been identified to one another, and household stated the 2 had been a pair that lived collectively in Edmonton.
Billie lived in Edmonton as an grownup, however was from the Samson Cree First Nation — one among 4 reserves that make up the Maskwacis group in central Alberta, about an hour south of Edmonton.
Household stated Billie was outspoken, free-spirited and all the time on the transfer, however was additionally glued to her social media and usually messaged household again instantly. When her social media accounts fell silent over Christmas, her members of the family turned involved.
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After what it referred to as an “in depth investigation,” primarily based on forensics, witness interviews and details about Billie herself, Edmonton police stated investigators got here to the conclusion she was useless in February.
By means of February, March and April, buddies, household and group members began to seek for Billie’s stays virtually each weekend. They dug by means of snow and searched in deep bush and grass, irrespective of how chilly it was.
The preliminary search was targeted on the outskirts of town and on the Enoch Cree First Nation, which immediately borders the western fringe of Edmonton.
The household’s search was slowly increasing north of Edmonton, however that they had not but reached the world the place police discovered Billie.
Police have by no means launched the place Billie’s stays had been discovered, saying solely it was “someplace in Alberta.”
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