January 16th, 2018

Trial dates set in two Medicine Hat murders

By Medicine Hat News on January 12, 2018.

Dates of trials in two separate murder cases were set on Monday in Courts of Queen’s Bench in Medicine Hat, while date setting for a man co-accused in one was postponed.

Noah Bentley is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Brenda Woloski in November 2016. At an arraignment on Friday, Justice Jerke ordered Bentley to stand trial in Medicine Hat beginning on Nov. 5, 2018.

“I plead not guilty, you honour,” Bently told the court during a brief appearance as the charge was read.

The trial, by judge and jury, is scheduled to take nine days to complete.

Separately, the cases for two men accused of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Jordan Pede on New Year’s Eve 2016 are still proceeding separately, court heard.

Dates for a second-degree murder trial for Leonard Robert Terence Beaulieu were filed with court clerks on Friday morning. The proceedings will take place Jan. 7-22, 2019.

The other man accused is Luke Boxell, who was scheduled to be arraigned and have a trial date set on Friday.

Defence lawyer Lyndon Heidinger appeared to announce he had filed to become the designated counsel in Boxell’s case and would require an adjournment until the next arraignment date. That takes the matter to Feb. 9.

Crown prosecutors told Justice Jerke that they still favour a trial date in January 2019.

Note: This story has been updated to correct the name of the presiding justice. The update also removes the statement the two men charged in the New Year’s Eve 2016 incident have the same lawyer. The News apologizes for the errors.

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