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Father, son accused of killing Metis hunters in Alberta denied bail

Last Updated Mar 19, 2021 at 12:38 pm MDT

Edmonton Law Courts are shown in Edmonton on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

EDMONTON – A man and his son accused of killing two Metis hunters in Alberta have been denied bail a second time.

Roger Bilodeau, 57, and Anthony Bilodeau, 32, are both charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Robert Graesser said the Bilodeaus must remain in custody to ensure public confidence in the justice system.

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The accused were originally denied bail last summer and had applied for a bail review.

Family and friends of 39-year-old Jake Sansom and his uncle Maurice Cardinal, 57, have said the men were out hunting when they were shot last March on a rural road near Glendon, about 215 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.

RCMP have said the shooting happened after a verbal confrontation turned into a fight between the occupants of two vehicles.

A trial is to begin in St. Paul on May 25.