EDMONTON — Four new charges have been laid against Travis Vader, who was arrested in west Edmonton Tuesday night after allegedly breaching conditions of his bail.
Vader, who is on trial for two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of St. Albert couple Lyle and Marie McCann, has been charged with the following:
Break and enter and commit theftPossession of stolen property under $5,000Breach of a recognizanceBreach of a probation order
Global News learned Wednesday that Vader’s ankle monitoring bracelet led police to Sentag Trailer Manufacturing in the west end Tuesday.
It’s alleged that an attempt was made to steal copper wire from the site.
The manager of Sentag told Global News he had three reels of old scrap copper at the back of the property. He said it was worth about $600.
Edmonton police said they were called by RCMP to help with Vader’s arrest.
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On Tuesday night, RCMP received the results of a drug test done on May 5. Vader tested positive for methamphetamine.
Police said Vader also contacted a witness sometime between March 12 and April 17. Information filed with the court said Vader contacted Don Bulmer before he testified on Monday, May 2. Both of these incidents go against the conditions of Vader’s bail.
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Vader’s court appearance was put over until May 18 and he will remain in custody until then.
Vader’s arrest comes nearly four weeks after more bail conditions were added to his release. Vader’s bail conditions were reviewed on April 15 after the 44-year-old showed up late for court for the fourth time.
Justice Paul Belzil was called in to preside over the bail review and issued the added conditions, which include:
Random drug testing once a week unless suspicion of a breach (urine sample)Random residence search once a week unless suspicion of a breachNo unlawful drugs in his residence
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Over the course of the trial, which started on March 8, Vader has been late for court four times. Once he told court he slept in, twice he cited car troubles and the most recent tardiness was because someone borrowed his vehicle and didn’t return it.
The Crown said Wednesday it was close to wrapping its case.
With files from Kendra Slugoski, Global News.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was originally published on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. It was updated at 12:15 p.m. MT Thursday to include information about new charges against Travis Vader.