Marion Ellson jury trial begins

Jury selection took place Monday in Estevan for the trial of Marion Verna Ellson.

She was arraigned on four charges in Estevan Court of Queen’s Bench, pleading not guilty to all of them.

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Those charges included possession of carfentanil for the purpose of trafficking, possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a firearm without a licence, and unlawful storage of a firearm in a careless manner. The weapon is question was a Mossberg .22 rifle.

The charges stem from Oct. 7, 2017, at Frobisher.

The initial jury pool of 95 completely filled the upper floor courtroom in the Estevan Court House. The Mercury counted 11 no-shows as the row call was taken. Potential jurors were excused due to age, not being a Canadian citizen, being hard of hearing, and other valid reasons.

The trial is scheduled to take two weeks, however, Justice Janet McMurtry noted it could go longer or conclude earlier.

Jury selection concluded by noon on Monday, and the trial began that afternoon. It resumed Tuesday morning.


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