The ongoing case surrounding the death of a 13-year-old Prince George teen took a new twist Thursday when Lloyd William Cook failed to appear Thursday morning for Justice Glen Parrett's verdict on his alleged involvement in the incident.
Crown prosecutor Lara Vizsolyi asked for a warrant for Cook's arrest, in response, and the request drew no opposition from defence lawyer Stephen Taylor, who said he received a text message from Cook saying his truck had broke down in Williams Lake.
Cook faces charges of manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death, unlawful confinement and interference with a dead body in relation to January 2000 death of Adam Scott Wiliams-Dudoward.
Taylor said he was told Cook was waiting for money to be wired to fix a fuel pump and added he had no confidence in the message and that a warrant for his arrest is appropriate.
Parrett also said he had little confidence in Cook's message and urged that the warrant be communicated to the Williams Lake RCMP detachment as soon as possible.
At the least, Cook will likely be found guilty of interference with a dead body after Taylor conceded during closing arguments that there was no defence for his actions on that regard. The boy's body was buried in a shallow grave in a wooded area south of Miworth after being kept in the back of a pickup truck and then the trunk of a car, the court heard during the trial.
Taylor told Parrett Thursday he would not be seeking a conditional sentence, effectively house arrest, on that charge, meaning Cook would likely be sentenced to some jail time.