Lawyers for accused in Louie murder case still awaiting police disclosure

Application to cut contact between co-accused now scheduled to be heard next week in B.C. Supreme Court in Penticton

Update:

The application for the no-contact order will now be heard March 2. The date was changed Monday afternoon because there isn’t a judge available Feb. 10.

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Posted: Feb. 2, 2015, 11 a.m.

An application to have a judge sever contact between two people alleged to have been involved in the murder of Roxanne Louie has been delayed.

The application is now scheduled to be heard Feb. 10 in B.C. Supreme Court in Penticton as lawyers for the co-accused await disclosure from the Crown.

During a brief court appearance Monday, defence counsel James Pennington, who is defending Grace Robotti against a charge of second-degree murder, said he is “in a position where the only disclosure we’ve received is a copy of the information” that spells out the charges.

Crown counsellor Deb Drissell confirmed “they’re serious charges… and we anticipate some further information coming in shortly.”

Grace’s brother, Pier Louis Robotti, is charged with being an accessory after the fact and interfering with human remains.

Neither accused was in court Monday, but both are expected to appear by videoconference next week from their respective jails.

Charges against the two were sworn Jan. 12, one week after Mounties asked for the public’s help to find Louie, who went missing during a Christmas visit to the area. Her body was discovered near Chute Lake.

Louie, 26, is alleged to have been killed at or near Penticton sometime between Jan. 3 and Jan. 5. Her body was dumped in the woods near Chute Lake.

The single mother of a three-year-old boy was in the Penticton area for the Christmas holiday but had been living in Vancouver and is originally from Oliver. Grace is the paternal great-grandmother of Louie’s son.