Manslaughter case to go before a jury

Lyndon Olsen charged with manslaughter with a firearm in connection with death of a woman on Feb. 1.

A man charged with manslaughter with a firearm in connection with the death of a Red Deer woman in February will be tried by a jury.

Red Deer lawyer Maurice Collard elected Court of Queen’s Bench jury trial for his client Lyndon Olsen, 34, of Red Deer, in Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday.

The trial will go ahead without a preliminary hearing, a proceeding in which a judge determines if there is enough evidence to take the case to trial.

A trial date is expected to be set on June 5, when Olsen will be arraigned.

Olsen was arrested on Feb. 6 in connection with the death of Randee Lynn Stewart, 25.

At about 6:15 a.m. on Feb. 1, Red Deer RCMP received a report of possible gunshots in the area of a townhouse complex near 54th Avenue and 43rd Street, followed shortly afterwards by a truck crashing on its way to Red Deer Regional Hospital on 42nd Street.

RCMP located Stewart in the truck near the hospital, where the mother-of-two was taken and later succumbed to her injuries.

Olsen was arrested the following week after a vehicle he was riding in got into a minor collision with a police vehicle.

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