Man charged in Christine Wood’s death denied bail


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The man accused of killing 21-year-old Christine Wood will remain behind bars as he awaits trial.

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The man accused of killing 21-year-old Christine Wood will remain behind bars as he awaits trial.

Brett Overby, 30, was denied bail Thursday on a charge of second-degree murder.

As Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Sadie Bond delivered her decision to a courtroom filled with friends and family of the accused, one of them gasped “No,” as the judge said she would not allow Overby’s release. He sat quietly, looking over at his family and speaking to his lawyer after the decision.

PHOTOS BY RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Bright fuchsia flowers and pink butterflies were set into the loose straw in the ditch during a memorial type service Saturday afternoon by MKO's Sheila North, her sister Audrey and Jennifer North, community members and friends of Christine Wood. Her remains were found in a ditch on the west side of Spruce Rd. just south of Hwy. 15 in Springfield this week.

Wood’s parents, George and Melinda Wood, issued a statement Thursday asking for privacy as they return home to Oxford House with their daughter’s remains. They said they would not comment on the bail decision.

Wood, 21, and her family had travelled to Winnipeg from Oxford House First Nation for a relative’s medical appointment last summer and were staying in a Polo Park-area hotel. She went out for the evening on Aug. 19, 2016, and vanished.

Her parents spent the intervening months searching for her, making public pleas for help and receiving support from community volunteers with the Bear Clan Patrol before police announced a Springfield farmer checking his canola crops found the remains in a shallow grave a week ago.

Details of the case were revealed for the first time during Overby’s bail hearing Monday, but they can’t be reported under a publication ban meant to protect the accused’s right to a fair trial.


Katie May

Katie May

Katie May is a general-assignment reporter for the Free Press.

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