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Sweeney Murder File

The brutal stabbing death of 23-year-old Renee Sweeney rocked the City of Sudbury to its core on Jan. 27, 1998.

Police searched for her killer for two decades and finally charged Robert Steven Wright, who was 18 years old at the time of the murder. He has been held in jail since his arrest in Dec. 2018.

After several delays, the trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 21, 2023, just after the 25th anniversary of Sweeney's death.

CTV News has compiled historical coverage, exclusive videos, and the most up-to-date information available on the case and its legal proceedings here.

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Sudbury

Sudbury’s Shoebox Project for women is well underway

The Shoebox Project was founded in Toronto more than a decade ago and has since grown into a national organization. Sudbury officials say the program was put together to bring a smile to women and girls who don’t typically have anything or anyone reaching out to them during the holiday season.

The Shoebox Project was founded in Toronto more than a decade ago and has since grown into a national organization. Sudbury officials say the program was put together to bring a smile to women and girls who don’t typically have anything or anyone reaching out to them during the holiday season. (Molly Frommer/CTV News Northern Ontario)

Sudbury Five host open tryout

Throughout the afternoon Saturday, the Sudbury Five basketball team held an open tryouts at Notre Dame College on Lévis Street. Around a dozen people from across Ontario made their way to the city in hopes of making the team.

Throughout the afternoon Saturday, the Sudbury Five basketball team held an open tryouts at Notre Dame College on Lévis Street. Around a dozen people from across Ontario made their way to the city in hopes of making the team. (Molly Frommer/CTV News Northern Ontario)

Northern Ontario still dealing with higher than average opioid deaths

As Ontario's chief coroner says opioid deaths are slowing down in Ontario, northern communities continue to rank higher than the rest of the province. Algoma and Sudbury districts share the second-highest number of opioid related deaths per-capita, behind Thunder Bay, which sits at number one.

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