Inquests into stabbing deaths at James Smith set for January

Inquests examining the Saskatchewan stabbing rampage that left 11 people dead and 18 injured are tentatively scheduled for early next year.

The Saskatchewan Coroners Service says the two inquests are scheduled for early January 2024.

One will focus on the deaths on the James Smith Cree Nation and in the nearby village of Weldon northeast of Saskatoon last September.

The other will focus on suspect Myles Sanderson, who died in police custody three days after the stabbings.

Chief Coroner Clive Weighill says he expected the inquests to take place sooner, but the investigation is very complex and the RCMP is still receiving new information.

The purpose of the inquest is to establish the events leading to the deaths, who died, when and where each person died, and the manner of death.

There may also be recommendations to prevent similar occurrences.

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