Denecho King pleads guilty to being unlawfully at large

Denecho King.
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Accused killer Denecho King has pleaded guilty to being unlawfully at large after he escaped from Yellowknife’s North Slave Correctional Centre this summer.

King, 23, entered his plea in a Yellowknife courtroom Wednesday. He’s scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 14.

Justice officials say King managed to exploit a ‘pre-existing gap’ when he broke out of Yellowknife’s jail on Aug. 10.

He was unlawfully at large for three days before being arrested near a Sissons Court residence on Aug. 13.

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King was in court this week as part of an eight-day preliminary inquiry into previous charges of second-degree murder and attempted murder.

The 23-year-old is accused of killing John Wifladt and seriously injuring another man, Colin Digness, in a December 2014 attack.

Both men were found seriously injured in an apartment at Sunridge Place in the early hours of Dec. 14. Wifladt later died of his injuries in hospital while Digness was medevaced to Edmonton for further treatment.

King was arrested five months after the attack. He was charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder in May 2015.

On Wednesday, a territorial judge determined there is enough evidence for him to stand trial.

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