Ryan Applegarth

Applegarth’s murder charges proceed

Ryan Jake Applegarth, charged with the second degree murder of Chantelle Firingstoney, 26, also of Ponoka, is scheduled to appear at Ponoka Provincial Court.

Applegarth is also facing a charge of failure to comply with a release order condition in this matter.

He was to enter an election and plea on April 9 but the matter was put over until April 16, when a date will be set for the next appearance.

Firingstoney was found deceased in a Ponoka residence on Nov. 5, 2020. Applegarth was charged soon afterwards.

Applegarth was also charged with the first degree murder of Jamison Samuel Louis, 34, who was killed in Wetaskiwin on Jan. 3, 2020.

The charge has now been lessened to second degree murder in the Wetaskiwin file and he has been committed to stand trial.

His arraignment has been scheduled for April 20 at the Wetaskiwin Court of Queen’s Bench.

Applegarth was out on bail at the time Firingstoney was killed.