The second of two men charged with first degree murder in the deaths of four Alberta Mounties was granted bail by a Court of Queen’s Bench Justice yesterday.

Dennis Cheeseman, 24, who has been in jail for 10 months, is expected to be freed Friday as his family
has agreed to put up $245,000 in sureties for his release, including $10,000 in cash.

Shawn Hennessey, 28, was granted bail last month after his family put up $525,000 in sureties for his release, including $25,000 cash.


The entire ruling, read by Justice Mary Moreau, can’t be reported because of a media publication ban, including details behind her decision.

Cheeseman must follow strict conditions, including an order to maintain his employment along with reporting to a parole officer. Cheeseman must also not talk to Hennessey along with others who have criminal pasts.

The decision came hours before Cheeseman and his brother-in-law Hennessey made an appearance for a preliminary hearing on their charges at a provincial courtroom in Stony Plain.

The preliminary hearing there will determine whether or not there is enough evidence to send the pair to trail. Details during the hearing yesterday cannot be reported because of a media publication ban.
Both Hennessey and Cheeseman are each charged with four counts of first-degree murder.

Both are accused of assisting notorious cop-hater James Roszko, who gunned down four young Mounties near Mayerthorpe, 120 kilometres northwest of Edmonton, on March 3, 2005.

Roszko took his own life after a gunfight with police at his Quonset hut where the four fallen officers were on guard — constables Peter Schiemann, Anthony Gordon, Leo Johnston and Brock Myrol.


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