Warrant issued for murder-trial witness
A warrant has been issued for a man described as a key witness in the upcoming murder trial of Roy Fraser.
Crown prosecutor Tim Livingston was in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops on Monday, March 18, to ask Justice Kenneth Ball to issue the warrant for Anthony Webb.
Livingston said Webb has been avoiding subpoena service, but is considered to be a material witness.
Fraser’s trial is scheduled to begin next month.
The 55-year-old is facing one count of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder in the deaths of Kenneth Yaretz and Damien Marks.
Their bodies were discovered in May 2009 in a shallow grave at Fraser’s property at Knouff Lake.
Yaretz and Marks, friends and roommates, disappeared in mid-April 2009 after moving into a four-plex in Brocklehurst.
Yaretz had a criminal history, including a conviction for trafficking in a controlled substance.
He was alleged to be an associate of Jayme Russell, who at one time was considered by local RCMP to be the head of the local Independent Soldiers street gang.
Fraser surrendered to police on Oct. 25, 2010, after Kamloops RCMP issued a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest.
He pleaded not guilty in March 2011.