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No jail-free Christmas for Robert Steven Wright as judge reserves decision in bail attempt

The matter will return Jan. 17 at 10 a.m.
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Robert Steven Wright, photo Lockerby Composite yearbook late 1990s, around the time of the Renee Sweeney murder. (Police handout)
Robert Steven Wright will learn Jan. 17 whether his third attempt at securing bail will be successful.

A bail application took all day on Friday. A publication ban prevents details discussed during the bail hearing.

Wright is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Renée Sweeney in 1998.

“I have a lot to think about,” said Superior Court Justice Patrick Boucher. “I will need time to consider this.”

Upon his arrest, Wright was charged with first-degree murder, however, that has since been downgraded to second degree.

Wright was scheduled to start his second-degree murder trial in May this year, but was delayed due to concerns about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was then scheduled to start in October, but it was postponed when Wright hired a new lawyer, Michael Lacy, who needed time to catch up on the case.

Wright then contracted COVID-19 during the outbreak at Sudbury Jail. He was hospitalized as a result.

A new tentative trial date has been scheduled for September 2022. Pretrial dates have also been set for the week of March 21 and April 25.

Wright was arrested in December 2018 for the brutal killing of Sweeney, who was 23 years old at the time of her death. Wright was 18 at the time of the murder and was a student at Lockerby Composite School. 

He was arrested while working at North Bay Regional Health Centre.

The matter returns on Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. Half a day has been set aside.