Woman charged with murder denied bail

A 26-year old woman from Medicine Hat who was charged with first degree murder and indignity to human remains in connection with the discovery of a body outside Pincher Creek received a decision on her bail application Monday morning at the Lethbridge Courthouse.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice D.K. Miller denied Melissa Martens-Lagasse’s bail application, saying that her defence failed to meet the onus for release on three grounds.  Due to a publication ban, details about evidence given, submissions made, or reasons behind the judge’s decision cannot be shared.  Martens-Lagasse was arrested and charged on November 23 2021, after being considered a suspect when the remains of 34-year old Megan Eekma were discovered a few days earlier outside of the town on Pincher Creek.  The judge also prohibited Martens-Lagasse from communicating with one of the witnesses. Martens-Lagasse’s next scheduled court appearance by CCTV is set for July 11.

Naveen Day

Naveen came to Lethbridge in 2018 with experience in broadcast spanning over 20 years. In Winnipeg, he produced two factual entertainment shows for Shaw and Bell MTS prior to his move to Southern Alberta where he quickly ventured out into the world of journalism at Bridge City News. Naveen has a passion for producing thought-provoking and informative news pieces that answer questions we all have in the back of our minds.

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