There likely won’t be a trial for a youth charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a Coronation area man.
Red Deer defence lawyer Will Willms appeared in Coronation Provincial Court March 9 as an agent for another lawyer on behalf of the 17-year-old youth who can’t be identified in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The youth didn’t appear in court.
“My instructions are to have the matter directed to March, 22, Thurs., 1:30 in Red Deer Youth Court.” Willms said, adding that “a trial will not be required.”
A not guilty plea for the youth was entered in January.
Crown prosecutor Blain Brandon didn’t object to defence’s submission to move the case to Red Deer.
On Oct. 18 Coronation RCMP responded to a call of a male that was taken to a local hospital suffering a gunshot wound to his head. The victim, Jeffrey Smith, 18, was taken by STARS air ambulance to an Edmonton hospital where he succumbed to his injuries Oct. 18.
RCMP Major Crimes Unit (MCU – South) assisted Coronation RCMP Detachment with the investigation, which they considered suspicious in nature.