Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

A boot print, a knife, a murder and a Cree woman's claim of innocence


Three days after she was sentenced to life in prison for murdering a man with a knife through the neck, Connie Oakes, wearing a grey T-shirt and grey sweat pants, picked up the telephone receiver on the other side of the Plexiglas in the visiting area of the Medicine Hat, Alta., remand centre and said she didn’t do it.

Oakes, who was waiting for a federal prison transfer to Edmonton to serve a sentence with no chance of parole for 14 years, said in the jailhouse interview with APTN National News she wrote a message to the family of Casey Armstrong, the man a jury said she murdered. Armstrong was found with his neck nearly severed in the bathtub of his trailer on May 22, 2011. The bathroom was a mess of blood, dried pools on the washing machine, splash patterns on the walls, the bloody print of a man’s work boot on the floor.


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