Case of Saskatchewan Mountie charged with killing Clear Water Dene First Nation man put over

Brett Herman made it a point Thursday to get himself down to the Prince Albert courthouse so he could face the man who is accused of killing his half brother.

“He didn’t want to look me in the face so that says a lot about his character,” Brett Herman said.

The court case of a Cpl. Bernie Herman, the Saskatchewan Mountie who is charged with first degree murder of 26-year-old Braden Herman, has been put over until later this month.

Herman was charged after police found a man’s body in a wooded area in Prince Albert on Tuesday.

Brett Herman said he does not know much about what happened the day his bother died, but added that Braden Herman had been struggling for some time after his twin killed himself in 2015.

“He kind of went down the wrong path, kind of hanging out with people that weren’t very motivational for him.”

Braden Herman was from the Clearwater River Dene Nation near La Loche, Sask., then moved to Prince Albert. Brett Herman said he doesn’t know exactly when his brother made the move, but added he had attended high school in the city.

The brother said the death has left a lot of family and friends with unanswered questions.

“He’s a good guy and never had a bad thing to say about anybody,” Brett Herman said.

“He was my brother and I will always love him and I will always remember him.”

The Prince Albert police’s criminal investigations division is leading the case, but they have requested the appointment of an independent observer to oversee it.

In a release Wednesday, Saskatchewan RCMP said Bernie Herman’s duty status as a Mountie is in the process of being modified, but did not say how.

-With files from the Canadian Press

Reporter / Saskatoon

Priscilla is Cree and a member of Mistawasis Nehiyawak in Saskatchewan. She has worked with APTN National News in the past as a reporter in Winnipeg, host for an entertainment segment, and the 2010 Winter Olympics. Wolf is an alumni of the INCA –Indian Communications Arts Program at FNUC & has a BA of Indigenous Studies from the University of Regina. She brings over ten years of experience working in media across the prairie provinces.