The mother of a 13-year-old girl found dead in a golf course west of Edmonton broke into tears in court yesterday when she was shown a picture of her smiling daughter.
Peacha Atkinson immediately grabbed a few tissues and started to tear up when she was presented a picture of Nina Courtepatte with a bright smile when she was 12 years old.
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“She wanted to be an actress or a model,” said Atkinson very calmly during the trial of a young woman accused of playing a role in her daughter’s death. Atkinson said she last heard from her daughter when she called to sleep over at a friend’s house.
The 19-year-old accused, who was 16 when the teen was killed, faces charges of first-degree murder, sexual assault and kidnapping.
The woman is the last among five people charged in Courtepatte’s death.
Joseph Laboucan and Michael Williams are currently serving life sentences for their part in the crime.