Justice for PhoenixJune 2005: Phoenix Sinclair, 5, dies in a cold, dark basement where she was frequently beaten and forced to sleep on the floor naked. It's believed she died on or around June 11.
March 2006: Phoenix's body is discovered near the garbage dump on the Fisher River First Nation. Phoenix's mother and stepfather, Samantha Kematch and Karl McKay, are charged with first-degree murder even before the body is found. Phoenix's death touches off a years-long debate about the quality of the province's child welfare system.
October 2006: Then-premier Gary Doer announces a public inquiry will be held into Phoenix's death once the criminal proceedings are finished.
December 2008: Kematch and McKay are convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
October 2009: Manitoba Court of Appeal hears a request by the pair to downgrade their convictions to second-degree murder or manslaughter. They claim there is no proof Phoenix was confined to the basement. Under the Criminal Code, someone is deemed to have committed first-degree murder instead of second-degree murder or manslaughter if forcible confinement is involved.
March 2010: In an unanimous decision, the appeals court upholds the first-degree murder convictions against Kematch and McKay.
May 2010: Kematch asks the Supreme Court of Canada for an extension of time to file a leave to appeal. The court agrees. A request for leave to appeal is due by July 27.