April 23rd, 2018

Former prosecutor representing one of the two men charged in Pede homicide

By Peggy Revell on March 29, 2017.

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell

The former chief prosecutor for Lethbridge will be representing one of two men charged with second-degree murder for a New Year’s Eve homicide in Medicine Hat.

William Wister went on the record Wednesday to represent Leonard Robert Terence Beaulieu who faces a second-degree murder charge over the death of Jordan Pede.

Beaulieu appeared by CCTV from the Calgary Remand Centre for his court date on Wednesday, with his next appearance set for April 20.

Wister was a prosecutor for nearly 30 years, spending the last nine in Alberta. He retired from his position with the attorney general’s office last August, and began teaching at Lethbridge College — but in January became an associate with Hlady Rouleau Law Office, and returned to practising law as defence counsel.

Beaulieu’s co-accused, Luke Boxell, also had a court appearance Wednesday, with his counsel requesting an adjournment until April 12 for further discussion in terms of what next steps will be taken.

Boxell was granted bail on March 21, under strict conditions, including 24/7 house arrest while he resides with family in Manitoba.

Pede was found injured at Strathcona Park on New Year’s Eve, flown to Calgary Hospital and later died. Preliminary autopsy results released Jan. 13 stated that the 24-year-old died as the result of a gunshot wound.

Boxell was arrested in Medicine Hat and charged with second-degree murder, while Beaulieu was arrested in Winnipeg.

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