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Witness set to testify at Edson murder trial located by RCMP

A witness set to testify against a man accused of stabbing a teenage girl in Edson two years ago has been located by police, RCMP said Wednesday afternoon.

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An arrest warrant was issued for Skyler Andy Belcourt after he failed to appear in court Monday in Edson. (Alberta RCMP)

A witness set to testify against a man accused of stabbing a teenage girl in Edson two years ago has been located by police, RCMP said Wednesday afternoon.

A witness warrant was issued for Skyler Andy Belcourt after he failed to show up for court on Monday.

Hours later, an update from RCMP said Belcourt had been located.

​Belcourt, 20, was scheduled to testify this week for the Crown in the first-degree murder trial of Tyrell James Perron.

Perron, 21, is charged with the first-degree murder of a teenage girl who can only be identified by the initials D.H., due to a court-ordered publication ban. He is also accused of offering an indignity to a dead body.

On March 4, 2016, the accused allegedly used a black folding knife to stab the 14-year-old girl in the neck repeatedly while she slept, then smothered her with a pillow and sexually assaulted her.

A three-week jury trial began Monday in Hinton.