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Twitchell book research ending

EDMONTON — My book research in the city on the Mark Twitchell case and trial is coming to an end next week.

I’ve spent the past six months in Edmonton conducting interviews, finding documents and sitting in on every minute of the murder trial.

My last day in the city will be June 14th so anyone still out there wanting to contact me can do so by calling 780-802-3835 or e-mailing me at steve [at] stevelillebuen [dot] com.

The courthouse has Mark Twitchell scheduled to appear briefly in court next week.

The hearing is meant to deal with the outstanding attempted murder charge related to the attack on Gilles Tetreault. It’s not known what will happen at this stage. The Crown has not said if it will proceed with the second charge, nor as Twitchell’s lawyer, Charles Davison, said if he will continue to represent his client in future court hearings. We could find out at that hearing.

His appeal has not gone anywhere at this time. As I said earlier, it could take months or up to a year to move forward, if it does at all.

On the book front, the title and cover design are being worked on right now and should be finalized in the next few weeks.

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Twitchell murder trial begins

EDMONTON — Jury selection has been completed in Mark Twitchell’s lengthy court proceedings, leading the way for a criminal trial to begin later this week.

Twitchell is charged with the first-degree murder of Johnny Altinger, a 38-year-old who vanished in October 2008.

After seven hours of deliberations today, a jury of 12 people and two alternates was selected from a pool of 192 people.

The trial will begin at 1.30pm on Wednesday, March 16th and is expected to run no later than the end of April. Over 70 people are expected to be called as witnesses.

I won’t be blogging or tweeting any of this case over the next four to six weeks as I’ll be focused solely on research for the forthcoming book (to be published by McClelland and Stewart).

Anyone with information about this case can contact me at 780-802-3835 or via e-mail at steve [at] stevelillebuen [dot] com.

There’s always the post office too:

PO Box 403   Stn. Main
Edmonton, AB   T5J 2J6

Anonymity is guaranteed.

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