Medicine Hat girl, 12, pleads not guilty to murder

A 12-year-old Alberta girl accused of killing her parents and younger brother has pleaded not guilty.

The Medicine Hat youth, who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, chose trial by youth judge alone. She is currently being held at the Calgary Young Offender Centre.

A date for the trial will be set next week, but Crown prosecutor Stephanie Cleary said she believes a trial will take place some time in February.

The girl’s co-accused, Jeremy Allan Steinke, 23, is scheduled to be in provincial court in Medicine Hat on Aug. 1 to set a date for a preliminary hearing.

The pair are charged with three counts each of first-degree murder in the slayings of the family in their Medicine Hat home April 23.

The accused were arrested in Leader, Sask., after the bodies were discovered.

A 19-year-old woman was later charged with being an accessory to murder after the fact.

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CBC News, Canada
July 24, 2006

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