Stabbing suspect held

A Red Deer man arrested after a stabbing in a downtown park in the early hours of July 17 has been moved from Red Deer to Calgary while he awaits legal counsel.

A Red Deer man arrested after a stabbing in a downtown park in the early hours of July 17 has been moved from Red Deer to Calgary while he awaits legal counsel.

Ronald J. Alexander, 36, was charged with aggravated assault after a fight in Rotary Park between midnight and 12:30 a.m.

Another man of the same age was taken to hospital in Red Deer with a serious stab wound.

Alexander tried to plead guilty before Judge Jim Mitchell in Red Deer provincial court on July 18.

However, Mitchell would not accept the plea and had the matter adjourned, advising Alexander to seek legal help.

Alexander returned to court on Wednesday by closed-circuit TV from Calgary Remand Centre.

He was represented by duty counsel Murray Shack.

Shack advised Judge John Holmes that Alexander had not yet been interviewed by anyone from Legal Aid, which provides assistance to those who cannot afford to hire a lawyer.

Standing still with his hands behind his back, Alexander appeared less agitated than on his previous appearance.

He requested that Shack contact Catholic Social Services to tell them he was being held in custody, but made no other representations on his own.

The matter has been adjourned to Aug. 1, when he is to appear again by closed-circuit TV.

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