Alleged murderers can’t find local lawyers

Two people charged with killing a Whitehorse-area man are having trouble finding lawyers to represent them.

Two people charged with killing a Whitehorse-area man are having trouble finding lawyers to represent them.

Norman Eli Larue, 26, and Christina Marie Asp, 31, were charged with first-degree murder after Gordon Seybold was found dead in his burned home in March 2008.

Both were arrested in Strathmore, Alberta, last August by RCMP. They’ve been held in Yukon custody ever since.

But their trial is being postponed because Yukon Legal Services can’t find local lawyers to take up their case.

Yukon Legal Services has found a lawyer in Victoria to represent Larue, and another in Kamloops to represent Asp, said Nils Clarke, who was speaking on behalf of legal services in a Whitehorse court this morning.

There are also negotiations with the Yukon Department of Justice over who should cover the costs of retaining the Outside legal help.

But no decision has been finalized, said Clarke.

The judge accepted Clarke’s request to postpone the next court hearing until February 12.