|Meika Jordan's dad Spencer Jordan and stepmom Marie Magoon, are walked into Alberta Processing Unit by police Sunday, October 7. (Brendan Miller/Special to QMI Agency)
CALGARY - The mother of slain six-year-old Meika Jordan expressed relief Tuesday after seeing the pair accused of killing her daughter in a Calgary courtroom.
Kyla Guttman said it’s been a difficult time in limbo since the death of Meika on Nov. 14, 2011.
But finally seeing Meika’s father, Spencer Lee Jordan, and his common-law wife, Marie Magoon, on closed-circuit court TV was the start of a healing process.
“It’s been a long, hard road but this is the start of something better,” she said outside court.
“It’s a very bittersweet feeling but it’s good to know, finally, that things are going to make progress.”
But Guttman - who was at Meika’s side when she died in hospital - said full closure would only come with a conviction.
The pair are charged with second-degree murder in the death of Meika, who police say died of blunt force trauma to the head and abdomen and not from a tumble down stairs the accused had claimed.
Police also say the girl suffered third-degree burns on the palm of a hand and fingers.
Jordan, 26, and Magoon, 22, appeared together from the Calgary Remand Centre where he wore blue coveralls and she was clad in black.
Both of them mumbled a few words about seeking legal aid.
Guttman’s common-law husband, Brian Woodhouse, said it was gratifying to see both of them “in prison jumpsuits.”
Minutes later, Ken Jordan, Meika’s grandfather and the father of Spencer Jordan, told reporters he believes in his son’s innocence but mourns the girl’s death.
“He’s accused of severely beating my granddaughter. I’m numb,” he said, wiping his eyes.
“I have to support my son, I have to support her, too ... it’s very hard, very hard.”
While Guttman said she can’t sympathize with Ken Jordan, “I feel the same pain.”
The accused are to appear in court again Oct. 26.