Man retried in Courtepatte case 0
Nina Courtepatte is shown in this undated handout photo.
A trial began Tuesday for an Edmonton man facing two counts of first-degree murder in two separate slayings, including the fatal beating of a 13-year-old girl.
Michael Briscoe, 41, is accused in the beating death of sex worker Ellie May Meyer, 33. He is also being retried for the golf-course sex-killing of Nina Courtepatte, 13, after his earlier acquittal was overturned on appeal.
According to the agreed facts, Meyer was killed on April 1, 2005, and died from blunt force trauma to her head as a result of being beaten. Her body was found in a farmer's field east of Edmonton on May 6, 2005.
Courtepatte also died as a result of blunt force trauma from being beaten on April 3, 2005, on a golf course west of Edmonton. Her body was discovered the next day.
In other proceedings, court has heard the teen was raped, beaten with a wrench and a sledge hammer, stabbed with throwing knives and choked with a wrench after being lured from West Edmonton Mall on the pretext of a party.
On Sept. 26, Joseph Laboucan, 27, was convicted of first-degree murder and handed his second life sentence after admitting he beat Meyer to death and chopped off her left pinkie finger as a souvenir. Laboucan was also handed a life sentence in March 2007 after being convicted of first-degree murder in Courtepatte's slaying following a trial.
Briscoe was acquitted of murder after the same 2007 trial, however that decision was overturned by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2010 and a new trial ordered.
Several others have also been put behind bars after being convicted in Courtepatte's slaying.
Stephanie Rosa Bird, 24, was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years on Jan. 26, 2010.
Bird was initially given a 12-year sentence after being convicted of manslaughter, however the Supreme Court later overturned the conviction and substituted it with one of first-degree murder.
Michael Williams was handed a life sentence with no parole eligibility for 10 years in October 2007 after earlier pleading guilty in youth court to first-degree murder.
A now 22-year-old woman who cannot be identified because she was 16 at the time of Courtepatte's killing was convicted as a youth of second-degree murder in 2009 and was later sentenced to four years behind bars and three years under open supervision in the community.
Briscoe's (pictured below) trial is scheduled for seven weeks, but the Crown expects it will wrap up much sooner.