Pair from Bountiful appear in court

James Oler and Emily Blackmore make a brief appearance in Cranbrook Supreme Court, charged with removal of child from Canada.

  • Apr. 14, 2015 11:00 a.m.

Two defendants representing themselves in a case out of Bountiful were in Cranbrook Supreme Court on Monday to fix a date for trial.

Brandon Blackmore and Emily Blackmore are facing charges of removal of child from Canada under Section 273.3 (2) of the Canadian Criminal Code. Oler is facing three counts, while Blackmore is facing two counts and both are representing themselves.

The two have been ordered to stand trial, but are in the process of determining wether or not to file a Rowbotham Application, which can be filed for people facing serious and complex criminal charges who have been denied legal aid but cannot afford a lawyer.

Oler and Blackmore will be back in Supreme Court on May 4, 2015, to fix a firm date for trial, which has been tentatively set a year from now.

The charges stem from the investigation of Peter Wilson, a special prosecutor who was appointed to investigate any criminal offences under the polygamy provisions of the criminal code in January 2012.

Wilson approved the charges in August 2014 after a two-year investigation.