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Crown seeks to revoke accused Vernon killer's bail

Police tape cordons off the motel room where Alishia Lemp was found dead in February 2020.

A woman accused of murder in Vernon is back in custody after she allegedly breached her conditions near Victoria.

Paige Howse, born in 1993, was scheduled for a Friday morning hearing, May 19, in Kamloops provincial court. She's currently in custody and Crown prosecutors are looking to keep her there after she allegedly breached conditions in December.

She is charged with the second-degree murder of Alishia Lemp, who was found dead in a Vernon motel room in February 2020.

The BC Prosecution Service approved the charge in September 2021 following an 18-month investigation and she was arrested in Surrey.

She was released on bail in June 2022, which required her to stay at a residential addiction treatment facility in the Lower Mainland and to wear an electronic monitoring device. All evidence in the June bail hearing was protected under a publication ban.

Prior to the September 2021 charge, Vernon North Okanagan RCMP released very few details about the investigation and the circumstances around Lemp's death.

In a Kamloops provincial courtroom, prosecutors were scheduled to provide their application to revoke her bail on both May 18 and 19, but she refused to appear by video and stayed in her cell.

The court also heard she fired her lawyer last week and would only appear before a Supreme Court Justice, rather than a provincial court judge.

Another bail hearing is set for June. She's expected to be tried by a judge and jury, but court records do not indicate whether a date has been set.

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