Alberta to investigate how accused murderer escaped guard in Edmonton hospital

Alberta Solicitor General Jonathan Denis has launched an investigation into how an accused first-degree murderer under guard in hospital managed to escape.

EDMONTON — Alberta Solicitor General Jonathan Denis has launched an investigation into how an accused first-degree murderer under guard in hospital managed to escape.

Denis says Christopher Nagel was free for about five hours in Edmonton’s University Hospital.

He says the 36-year-old was able to escape when the guard let him go to the washroom and Nagel managed to slip out a side door.

He was discovered hiding three floors up from the washroom and taken into custody without incident.

Nagel was charged on Sunday in the death of his wife Rienna Nagel, and now also faces a charge of escaping lawful custody.

Rienna Nagel was found dead Saturday in a home in Spruce Grove, just west of Edmonton, and Christopher Nagel was taken to hospital with unspecified injuries.

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