Grand Chief Garrison Settee Statement on the Outcome of Overby Trial
Treaty One Territory, Winnipeg, MB. Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Grand Chief Garrison Settee said “I want to express my continued support for the Wood family. The journey for justice, for Christine Wood has been a difficult one. I cannot begin to imagine the pain felt by the Wood family on such tragic loss of their loved one. Although I did not know Christine personally, her family spoke fondly of her which made me feel like I knew her.”
Christine was a beautiful, bright, young Indigenous woman who only started to experience life. She meant the world to her family. She was an only daughter, a sister, granddaughter, aunt, niece, cousin and friend. Christine was from a remote isolated community and had relocated to Winnipeg to pursue her educational goals. Christine did not deserve to die.
She was not from Winnipeg and her limited experience living in the city and her trusting nature left her vulnerable to predators.
On May 08, 2019 the jury of nine (9) men and three (3) women found Brett Overby guilty of second degree murder for the brutal slaying of Christine Wood. The sentencing hearing will take place on July 2, 2019 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Winnipeg City Police conducted a thorough investigation and the Crown prosecutors presented substantial evidence that led to a conviction of second degree murder.
For families in the north, travelling to attend trial proceeding for justice for their loved ones in the south is very difficult and costly. MKO has created a Go Fund Me page and is seeking donations to support the Wood family for the trial and upcoming sentencing hearing. If you would like to donate please kindly go to the following link https://www.gofundme.com/f/fundraiser-for-melinda-and-george-wood
Media Contact: Clyde Flett
Phone: 204- 390-2702
For Immediate Release
May 09, 2019
1:00 p.m. CST