Ryan Jake Applegarth, 28, of Ponoka, was already charged with first degree murder of a man in Wetaskiwin in January, 2020 and is now facing a charge of second degree murder in relation to a death in Ponoka earlier this month.
Applegarth was taken into custody on Nov. 5, 2020 in Ponoka after Chantelle Firingstoney (26) of Ponoka was found deceased in a residential complex in town that evening.
The death was ruled a homicide by the Medical Examiner’s Officer and Applegarth was taken into custody and charged with second degree murder.
Cpl. Laurel Scott from RCMP media relations confirmed that Applegarth was out on bail from the first murder charge when he was arrested in Ponoka for the death of Firingstoney.
Jamison Samuel Louis, 34, was killed in Wetaskiwin on Jan. 3, 2020. An investigation conducted by the Major Crimes Unit then led to first degree murder charges against Applegarth.
However, Applegarth wasn’t located and arrested until Feb. 5, 2020.
His first court appearance for the Ponoka file was on Nov. 13 at Ponoka Provincial Court.
Applegarth is now scheduled to enter his election and plea in Ponoka on Dec. 11.
In Canada, when facing an indictable offence (the most serious kind of charge), the accused will have an”election,” meaning they can choose if their case is tried by a Provincial Court judge alone, by a Court of Queen’s Bench alone, or by a Court of Queen’s Bench judge and jury (dunnandassociates.ca).
Applegarth will have a preliminary hearing for the Wetaskiwin file on Jan. 15, 2021 in Wetaskiwin Provincial Court.