Inquest into Watson Lake hospital deaths set for June

B.C. coroner Norman Leibel will oversee an inquest into the deaths of Teresa Ann Scheunert and Mary Johnny June 2-13 at the Whitehorse courthouse.
Teresa Scheunert is shown here with her daughter Crystal Thomas. Scheunert's death at the Watson Lake hospital, and the death of Mary Johnny following care at the hospital, will be the subject of a coroner's inquest in June. (Scheunert family)

Yukon's Coroner Service has appointed a B.C. coroner to look into the deaths of two Watson Lake women.

Norman Leibel will oversee an inquest into the deaths of Teresa Ann Scheunert and Mary Johnny. Both were patients at the Watson Lake hospital and died within weeks of each other in 2012.

Leibel has 12 years experience investigating and conducting inquests.

Yukon chief Coroner Kirsten Macdonald made the appointment. The inquest is scheduled for June 2-13 at the Whitehorse courthouse.