Teen charged with murder in Port Alberni

An 18-year-old woman has been charged with murder following the death of Carlene Jack, 19, in Port Alberni.

Friends and family of Carlene Jack gather at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Bute Street Wednesday night (July 15

(Special to the News)

Autumn Dawn Desjarlais, 18, appeared in a Port Alberni courtroom Thursday (July 16, 2015), charged with the murder of 19-year-old Carlene Jack early Wednesday morning.

Desjarlais waved to the dozen family members in the courtroom, but otherwise remained expressionless in the prisoner`s box.

Justice Peter Voith was brought over from Supreme Court to hear the criminal matter.

Desjarlais was remanded into custody and was sent to the Alouette Correctional Center for Women in Maple Ridge.

Crown prosecutor Todd Patola named eight witnesses that will be called if the case goes to a full trial. He also asked the witnesses names be protected by a publication ban until trial.

Outside the courtroom, many of the family members cried. They declined requests to speak to reporters gathered there.

Desjarlais will make her next court appearance next week via video.

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