Fort Liard woman, charged with murder, chooses judge and jury trial

A Fort Liard woman, charged with second degree murder in connection with the death of a man, has chosen to be tried by a judge and jury.

Selena Loman, 21, appeared in court in Yellowknife Tuesday via video from the North Slave Correctional Complex (NSCC).

Her lawyer told the court that she wants a jury to decide her fate.

Lomen was charged last October after the death of 34-year old Danny Klondike in Fort Liard in what police described as a domestic incident.

It has not been revealed how he died but community members told CKLB at the time that he had been stabbed.

Mounties initially said there was a publication ban on her name.

A judge lifted that ban but RCMP said at the time that they would not release any further information about the homicide.

A preliminary hearing for Lomen is to begin on June 10 in court in Hay River and then move to court in Fort Liard.

Preliminary hearings are held to determine if there in enough evidence to send the case to trial.

Female inmates awaiting trial who have not been granted bail are normally held at the women’s correctional facility in Fort Smith.

Lomen’s lawyer suggested she might be at NSCC because of security concerns with the jail in Fort Smith.

A 2015 Auditor General of Canada report noted that the jail’s doors do not lock so inmates can escape in case of a fire.

A new women’s correctional centre in Fort Smith ex expected to open this coming fall.

Lomen is believed to be the only female currently before the courts in the NWT on a murder charge.

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