Aaron Guilbault to be tried by judge and jury

The man accused of shooting his father, a former Red Deer city councillor, has chosen to be tried by judge and jury.

The man accused of shooting his father, a former Red Deer city councillor, has chosen to be tried by judge and jury.

Aaron Guilbault, 31, of Innisfail will be tried by judge and jury in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench. He will also have a preliminary inquiry. Aaron appeared by closed circuit television before judge Gordon Yake in Red Deer provincial court Wednesday.

He is alleged to have shot his father Tim Guilbault, 51, at a family acreage west of Bowden on Nov. 5.

A forensic assessment on Guilbault has not been completed and the unit had asked for another extension, this one lasting two to four weeks. However Crown Prosecutor Jason Snider said there was no statute to allow for the extension to be granted beyond the existing 60-day limit on the previous extension.

Aaron Guilbault was declared fit to stand trial at a previous appearance.

While in custody, he has been committed under the Mental Health Act as a danger to himself.

Aaron Guilbault was arrested near Stettler a few hours after Tim Guilbault was found dead in the family’s acreage in Red Lodge Estates. He was charged with second-degree murder.

Tim Guilbault served three terms as a city councillor before moving to Calgary in 1995 to take a new job.

Aaron Guilbault’s matter will be brought back into Red Deer provincial court on June 12 to speak to setting dates. He will appear by closed circuit television from the Calgary Remand Centre.

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