Judge denies Travis Vader's request for bail

Vader has been in custody on charges of theft, drugs and careless storage of a firearm. The reasons for the judge’s decision are covered by a publication ban.
Travis Vader leaves Edson Provincial Court in May 2012 after making his first appearance in the case of missing St. Albert couple, Lyle and Marie McCann. The Crown stayed first-degree charges against Vader in March. (CBC)

Travis Vader, the man once accused in the murders of Lyle and Marie McCann, has been denied bail.

Vader has been in custody on unrelated charges of theft, drug trafficking and possession of stolen property.

This is the fourth time he has asked a judge for bail – and the fourth time he has been denied.

The judge's reasons for denying Vader bail are covered by a publication ban.  

Vader's friend, Tracey Webster, said she is concerned about the way he looks after nearly three years behind bars.

“[He’s] pale. Disheartened. He says he's working out all the time running on the treadmill and whatnot, trying to keep his mind.”

“He just wants to work and see his kids and make a life for himself again and have a home and things like that,” she added.

Vader is scheduled to go to trial on those charges on Sept. 8.

In March, the Crown issued a stay of proceedings on the first-degree murder charges laid against Vader in the deaths of the McCanns.

The Prosecutor has until next March to reactivate the murder case against Vader – however, she would not comment on whether or not that might happen.

Vader has since filed a $1-million wrongful-prosecution lawsuit against more than four dozen RCMP officers, Crown prosecutors and jail guards.

In the lawsuit obtained by CBC News, Vader alleged that he was “maliciously” charged with the McCann murders.

The St. Albert seniors disappeared in July 2010. Their bodies have never been found.