Preliminary inquiry set for Gordon Alfred Rogers on first-degree murder charges

A preliminary inquiry will be held next May for a Red Deer man facing first-degree murder charges in connection with the deaths of two women nearly a decade ago.

A preliminary inquiry will be held next May for a Red Deer man facing first-degree murder charges in connection with the deaths of two women nearly a decade ago.

Gordon Alfred Rogers, 59, is charged with two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Violet Marie Heathen, 49, and Jeanette Jean Chief, 48, from the Onion Lake Cree Nation.

A preliminary inquiry is held to determine if there’s enough evidence to warrant an accused be tried in Court of Queen’s Bench.

The inquiry is scheduled to run May 8 to 12, 2017, in Lloydminster.

Chief’s body was discovered on June 6, 2007 in a river near Lloydminster by a passerby. She was last seen on June 2.

Heathen was last seen in Lloydminster on May 15, 2009. Her remains were located in a rural area near Kitscoty by hunter on Nov. 7, 2009.

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