A mistrial was declared Friday morning in the case of the man accused of murdering St. Albert couple Lyle and Marie McCann.

Travis Vader had already been convicted of several drug offences and property charges unrelated to the McCann deaths.

During sentencing in August both the crown and defence stated Barrhead RCMP had interviewed witnesses on more than one occasion but not all the statements were released during the trial.

Vader did not appear in court today but his lawyer said she would be pursuing a stay of proceedings. If granted the charges will be dropped unless new evidence is found within one year.

With files from David Ewasuk