Trial date set for 12-year-old charged in Alberta killings

The 12-year-old Alberta girl accused of killing three members of her family is set to face trial in February, 2007.

The girl, who pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder last week, will face a youth court judge in Medicine Hat provincial court starting Feb.12, it was announced Monday. Two weeks have been set aside for the trial.

The girl’s parents and younger brother were found dead in their Medicine Hat house on April 23.

Crown prosecutor Stephanie Cleary said the date for the trial could easily be pushed ahead, given the number of witnesses and amount of evidence attached to the case.

The girl can’t be named under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. A co-accused, 23-year-old Jeremy Steinke, also faces three counts each of first-degree murder.

Steinke is scheduled to be in provincial court in Medicine Hat on Aug. 1 to set a date for a preliminary hearing.

The pair were arrested in Leader, Sask. without incident after the bodies of the family members were discovered. Police have alleged that the girl and Steinke met through a website devoted to goth culture.

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

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July 31, 2006

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