Charges quietly stayed in Nepinak killing
April 5, 2009: Lamb is rearrested on a slew of new charges.
May 26, 2010: Lamb is sentenced to serve 19 more months for robberies by Judge Linda Giesbrecht. A judge orders the many months left on his CSO to start up again only after he’s released from jail.
June 24, 2011: Lamb gains early release from a provincial jail.
Sept. 13, 2011: The date police allege Tanya Nepinak is killed.
October 23 30, 2011: Lamb is out of custody and allegedly sexually assaults a vulnerable teen runaway.
Dec. 18, 2011: The date police allege Carolyn Sinclair is vans shoes killed.
Jan. 11, 2012: The date police allege Lorna Blacksmith is killed.
Feb. 26, 2012: Lamb is arrested and accused of breaching probation.
Feb. 27, 2012: Lamb is released on conditions approved by a Judicial Justice of the Peace.
April 17, 2012: Lamb is arrested and accused of the October 2011 sexual assault. Police release him on a promise to appear in court.
June 22, 2012: Lamb is arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 36 year old mother and held in custody.
June 24, 2012: Lamb is arrested for three counts of second degree murder.
March 11, 2013: Lamb is re arrested to face a new sexual assault charge.
July 25, 2013: Lamb consents to moving two of the three murder charges he faces straight into a higher court for trial.
Justice officials have quietly stayed a second degree murder charge against recently convicted killer Shawn Lamb.
Lamb, sentenced to 20 years in prison last week for the killings of Carolyn Sinclair and Lorna Blacksmith, was still before the court accused of killing 31 year old Tanya Nepinak.
On Thursday, prosecutor Sheila Leinburd told court the Crown was staying the charge for lack of evidence.
“Based on the evidence to date and a vans shoes careful reassessment of all of the evidence, the Crown has determined there is no reasonable likelihood of conviction at this time,” Leinburd said. “Should new evidence be discovered, the case can be reviewed for possible future prosecution.”
Nepinak disappeared in September 2011. Her body has never been found. City police spent seven days last year searching the Brady Road landfill for Nepinak’s remains, without success.
Sue Caribou, Tanya’s aunt, confirmed justice officials notified Tanya’s mother “at the last minute” Wednesday.
“She was devastated,” Caribou said. “I’m afraid for her. She is overwhelmed. I don’t know that we will ever have closure. It’s like my niece is trash, she’s not worth anything.”
Caribou said family members are still angry at police, believing they didn’t do a thorough enough search for Nepinak’s remains.
“If they did a proper search this would have been over a long time ago,” she said.
A day after Lamb wa vans shoes s sentenced to prison, police confirmed they paid him $1,500 for interviews that vans shoes resulted in his arrest for the Sinclair and Blacksmith killings.
Caribou said she is still convinced Lamb killed her niece.
“They paid Shawn Lamb to confess,” Caribou said. “I’m willing to give Mr. Lamb money to show me where (Tanya’s) body is so we can get justice for my niece. It’s not fair.”