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Simone Sanderson remembered as a ‘fighter’ as murder trial begins



(The body of 23-year-old Simone Sanderson was discovered in September 2013. Photo: Facebook)

Brittany Hobson
APTN News

Outside a Winnipeg courthouse, Betty-Ann Sanderson stood with many of her family and called her granddaughter Simone Sanderson a ‘fighter.’

“I know she fought for her life,” said Sanderson.

The trial for the man accused of killing the 23-year-old mother of one began on Monday.

Kyllan Ellis has pleaded not-guilty to second-degree murder in connection to Sanderson’s death in 2012.

Sanderson’s body was found in a vacant lot in Winnipeg’s North End on Sept. 2, 2012. She was last seen walking in the area on Aug. 26.

In opening statements, Crown lawyer Joanna Kostiuk said Sanderson’s death was considered a cold case until 2014.

Winnipeg Police received some information which pointed them toward Ellis.

After a two-year investigation police arrested and charged Ellis in 2016.

On Monday Kristy Donald was the first to testify in front of a 12-person jury.

Donald found Sanderson’s body while she and her then partner were searching the area for empty beer bottles and cans.

Donald says she found a bottle sitting on top of a flattened piece of cardboard. When she lifted the cardboard she found Sanderson’s body.

“She was face down,” said Donald. “There was dried blood in her hair and cuts and bruises.

Donald then called the police.

Constable Doug Singleton was one of the police officers who first arrived on the scene.

He testified Sanderson’s body was in ‘advanced stages’ of decomposition. He said she had various cuts and bruises on the back of her legs confirming Donald’s assessment.

Singleton also testified police found a filet knife about five feet away from the body with hair and blood on it.

The trial is expected to last until June 1.

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One Response to “Simone Sanderson remembered as a ‘fighter’ as murder trial begins”

  1. vlloydjames@yahoo.ca'
    Devildog May 15, 2018 at 6:09 pm #

    I cannot understand why the “media” chooses to protect the identity of the alleged perpetrator in all cases involving an Indigenous person’s murder. Whereas, when an Indigenous person is the accused, they are essentially condemned before trial. Their appearance, name and identity are disclosed as if to say that justice has been served.
    To continue to violate this general principle only will inaugurate and incite the drive to re-establishing our independence. We will never be equitable in all endeavours and to continue to impress on Indigenous youth that through hard work and determination through playing by the rules of those who oppress us, that it will lead to our salvation is dire and misleading.
    An eye for an eye as they espouse is the only valid truth open to us as a race and peoples.

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