Suspected shooter’s bid for bail delayed

A bid to obtain release through bail for a man charged in the death of a hunting partner was delayed on Wednesday.

A bid to obtain release through bail for a man charged in the death of a hunting partner was delayed on Wednesday.

Herbert Stanley Meister, 57, of Lacombe, remains in custody and returns to Red Deer provincial court on Friday to make a bid for bail. His lawyer, Will Willms, told court he needed more time to iron out a concern that only arose at the last moment.

Meister is charged with criminal negligence causing death with a firearm and possession of a weapon while prohibited.

The criminal negligence while using a firearm charge carries a maximum sentence of life in jail while the minimum sentence upon conviction is four years in jail.

Philip Moore, 55, of Bentley was shot in the abdomen and died Sunday around 4:17 p.m. while he was hunting with three others in a heavily wooded area about 13 km west of Bentley.

It’s alleged one of the hunters mistook Moore, who was 300 metres down a cut line, for a deer and fired two shots with a .308-calibre rifle.