Manslaughter case against area youth delayed

The case against a 17-year-old youth charged with manslaughter was adjourned until March 9 at defence’s request.
The youth – who can’t be identified in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act – didn’t appear in court Feb. 9 for election and plea as earlier expected.
“We ask that the matter go over for the March 9 sitting so my friends in the (prosecutor’s) office can continue discussions,” said Red Deer defence lawyer Daniel Wilson who appeared on the youth’s behalf.
Red Deer defense lawyer Kevin Sproule appeared on behalf of the youth at his Jan. 11 court appearance and told the court that his client would be pleading not guilty on Feb. 9. He added, however, that the matter may not have to go to trial and may be resolved depending on his discussions with the crown.
Crown prosecutor Blair Brandon didn’t object to defence’s request for an adjournment and Circuit Court Judge W. Andreassen of Camrose granted the adjournment.
The youth is charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of Coronation area man Jeffrey Smith, 18.
Jeffrey was well liked in the Coronation area and known as a kindhearted, outgoing person who enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities and sports.
He participated in air cadets, baseball, 4-H and hockey. At the time of his death Jeffrey was apprenticing as a heavy duty mechanic.

Lisa Joy
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