Crown plans direct indictment for 1 of 4 accused in Coutts blockade

Crown plans direct indictment for 1 of 4 accused in Coutts blockade

The Crown is trying to streamline the circumstances of 4 males charged with conspiracy to commit homicide at a border blockade protest in southern Alberta.

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Prosecutor Steven Johnston instructed court docket in Lethbridge, Alta., on Monday that the Crown is getting ready a direct indictment for Christopher Lysak, 48, who has already waived his proper to a preliminary listening to so his trial can go forward.

He requested a trial by decide and jury.

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An accused is generally entitled to a preliminary listening to, however the Crown can override that by submitting a direct indictment, which needs to be accepted by the lawyer basic.

“The Crown has ready a direct indictment on this matter and it additionally joins three different gents with the identical particular person,” Johnston instructed Courtroom of Queen’s Bench Justice Dallas Miller.

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The Crown has already indicated it intends to attempt the 4 collectively.

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Lysak, who can also be charged with uttering threats, possession of a weapon and mischief to property over $5,000, was denied bail March 2.

Chris Carbert, Anthony Olienick and Jerry Morin stay in custody as they look forward to bail hearings. Johnston didn’t verify whether or not direct indictments can be searched for them.


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Lysak’s lawyer, Jim Lutz, expressed disappointment {that a} trial date has but to be scheduled.

“My consumer’s been in custody since March 2. We hoped to have it set right this moment,” mentioned Lutz.

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The decide requested for assurances that the Crown can be able to set a date on June 13.

“Hopefully … we can set dates, however clearly I can’t converse to people who find themselves not right here,” Johnston mentioned.

He additionally rejected the potential of revisiting Lysak’s potential launch on bail earlier than his trial.

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RCMP arrest 13 people, seize weapons and ammunition near Coutts border blockade

The protest in opposition to COVID-19 vaccine mandates and different pandemic restrictions started on the U.S. border crossing close to Coutts, Alta., in late January and lasted for nearly three weeks.

Fourteen folks have been charged after RCMP discovered a cache of lengthy weapons, handguns, physique armour, giant quantities of ammunition and high-capacity magazines in three trailers.

Police allege a gaggle on the protest was keen to make use of drive if the blockade was disrupted and described the menace as “very critical.”

 

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