A primer for tonight’s Primetime panel

Retired Edmonton police officer Jack Kraus will be in Alberta Primetime’s Edmonton studio for tonight’s crime panel discussion, joining defence lawyer David Andrews and I here in Calgary.

I’m a bit humbled by one of this week’s topics, which is the Medicine Hat girl who was 12 years old when she and her ex-boyfriend murdered her parents and little brother in 2006. Two of my friends and colleagues at the Calgary Herald, Sherri Zickefoose and Robert Remington, wrote Runaway Devil, the best-selling book about the case. Sherri’s blog is a great repository of her writings about the case, along with her trenchant observations. Check it out — I can tell you I’ll be consulting her and Bob before the show tonight. Here, then, is the line-up:

  • A judge recently presided over a legally-mandated progress report for “Runaway Devil,” who is being held in secure psychiatric custody as part of the youth court sentence she received for murdering her family. The girl, who is now 16, will be gradually given more freedom and will be completely free by the time she’s 23.
  • A man accused of taking a hostage at the Edmonton Workers’ Compensation Board building has opted to represent himself at trial. Is this a recipe for an inevitable appeal if he’s convicted?

(Alberta Primetime airs live at 7 p.m. MDT on Access TV: Channel 13 in Calgary; Channel 351 on Bell TV; Channel 267 on Shaw Direct/Star Choice. You can visit the show’s segment archive to view past discussions about crime and other topics.)


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