Update: Thursday, April 5, 2018
Appearing in Courtroom 204 this morning before His Honour Superior Court Justice Danial Newton is Crown Attorney Andrew Sadler and defence lawyer George Joseph. They are here to discuss pre-jury issues such as questions that will be acceptable to potential jurors when jury selection begins on April 9, 2018. The trial is scheduled for 2 weeks. Benjamin Marki has been in custody at the Thunder Bay Jail for over 2 years since his arrest on January 15, 2016
Update: July 25, 2017
JURY TRIAL DATE SET FOR APRIL 9,2018 – DOUBLE MURDER TRIAL
The arrest on Friday, January 15, 2016, of 40-year-old Benjamin Ronald MARKI, resulted from a complex investigation which began on December 27, 2015, with a multi-tier response to a structural fire at a Brant Street residence. 50-year-old Anne CHUCHMUCH was deceased inside the residence. 60-year-old Wilfred Charles POTT was transported to the hospital where he died.
The investigation involved the Ontario Fire Marshall’s Office and our Criminal Investigations Branch. Postmortem examinations occurred in Toronto on December 31, 2015. Evidence from the scene was sent to the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto for examination. The identity of Anne CHUCHMUCH had to be confirmed by DNA analysis. On Friday, January 15, 2016 investigators received verification from the C.F.S. lab which allowed them to confirm Anne CHUCHMUCH’s identity and proceed with charges against the accused Benjamin Ronald MARKI.
Soon after the fire, MARKI was placed on 24-hour surveillance to ensure public safety and allow police to further the investigation. MARKI was living in the same residence with the two deceased. It is alleged that MARKI set the residence on fire. MARKI was arrested at TBPS headquarters without incident on Friday, January 16, 2016, by the Criminal Investigations Branch.
Benjamin Ronald MARKI remains in custody with a jury trial date of April 9, 2018
He was charged with two counts of second-degree murder, arson endangering life, and causing indignity to a body.
He is represented by local lawyer George Joseph.
He has a lengthy criminal record including penitentiary terms for armed robbery.
From The Desk of Thunder Bay Courthouse – Inside Edition