A 27-year-old Punnichy man has been charged with murder in the death of Denny Troy Jimmy earlier this year.
Arrested one day earlier, Adam Tyler Michael Taniskishayinew made a brief first appearance on Thursday morning at Regina Provincial Court on his charges, which included the second-degree murder charge, a breach and one alleging he possessed a 12-gauge shotgun while prohibited.
When asked by Judge Marylynne Beaton whether he understood the charges, he replied, Yes, maam.
The Crown is opposed to his release from custody, and the judge explained any bail applications would have to be done at the Court of Queens Bench level given the murder charge.
Taniskishayinew said he already has a lawyer on existing, unrelated matters, and that hes already spoken to that lawyer about his new charges. His charges were set over to Nov. 5.
In a news release, Regina police said the arrest was the result of a comprehensive investigation by the the major crimes unit, working in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Coroner’s Service, and assisted by various other units of the Regina Police Service.
Jimmy, 30, was found dead in a vehicle after an incident at at 8:46 p.m. on on June 11 at 5th Avenue and Lindsay Street. Police were dispatched to what at first appeared to be a single-vehicle traffic collision — but then found a man dead inside the vehicle. Police have not released his cause of death, but a family member previously told the Leader-Post police had related to her that he died from a gunshot wound.
In an interview with the Leader-Post after Jimmys death, his sister Carrie OSoup remembered him as a man who cared deeply about his family, especially his young daughter, Lilyana. But OSoup said he also used hard drugs in recent years and had trouble holding down a job, notably due to his criminal record for a 2006 manslaughter.
“Denny had a rough life,” said O’Soup. “He was burned in a fire at seven years old. We lost another brother that was nine years old. Denny had to live with scars all of his life, and I don’t know how he dealt with that.”
Lylie Herman was one of Jimmy’s foster parents, for just a few weeks shortly before the fire. He was already getting into petty trouble, she said. But most of all, she remembers a boy who just wanted to go home.
Herman said it was difficult to read news stories about Jimmy’s troubled life. She still has a news clipping from his manslaughter case in 2009, when he was convicted as being a party in the death of Douglas David Anderson.
Jimmy was with part of a group of gang members who rushed into a home they believed housed a rival gang in 2006. But they had the wrong address and gunned down Anderson in front of his family.
Jimmy was not the gunman, and O’Soup believes his conviction was improper. She said he suffered terribly in prison, spending months on end in solitary confinement. He had difficulty readjusting to life on the outside.
Asked if Jimmy was involved with gangs, O’Soup said she thought he’d left that lifestyle. But she acknowledged that he was “labelled” as being part of the Native Syndicate Killers.
Police have charged one man with second-degree murder in connection with Regina's fourth homicide of 2019.
On June 11, police were called to a single-vehicle collision in the area of Fifth Avenue and Lindsay Street. They found a 30-year-old Regina man, Denny Troy Jimmy, dead inside the vehicle.
The comprehensive investigation unit, alongside the Regina Police Service major crimes unit, the provincial coroner's service and other units inside the Regina Police Service, investigated and arrested Adam Taniskishayinew from the Punnichy, Sask., area in the death.
The 27-year-old is charged with second-degree murder, possession of a prohibited firearm and breach of probation. Police said Jimmy's family was made aware of the arrest.
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