Alexa Emerson denied bail
Published Friday, June 30, 2017 3:24PM CST
Last Updated Friday, June 30, 2017 6:56PM CST
A judge has denied bail to a Saskatoon woman charged in at least eight bomb threats and accused of sending more than a dozen suspicious packages across the city.
The two-day bail hearing for Alexa Emerson wrapped up Friday at Saskatoon Provincial Court, with Judge Brent Klause ruling she must remain behind bars.
Emerson, who is also known as Amanda Totchek, is facing 83 charges connected with five suspicious package deliveries in late November, several deliveries in March and April, and more than half a dozen bomb threats over the last few months. She’s also charged with criminal harassment, public mischief and providing false information related to an incident in October in which she’s accused of sending videos depicting herself being bound, assaulted and threatened in order to mislead a police officer, according to court documents.
The 31-year-old has been in police custody since April after a Canada-wide warrant was issued for her arrest in connection to the packages sent out this spring. She had been granted bail months earlier on the October charges and on the charges related to the November deliveries.
She’s pleaded not guilty to all charges, and none of the allegations against her have been proven in court.
Three lawyers have so far stepped down from representing her, and a fourth lawyer has since taken on the case.
Her first lawyer withdrew after his office received one of the suspicious packages. Her next legal counsel stepped down shortly after taking over, and her third lawyer withdrew, citing a conflict of interest.
The powder in all deliveries was not dangerous, according to police.
Details from the bail hearing were under a publication ban. Emerson’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 20.