An earlier date has been found for two Red Deer men accused of an attempted murder on June 3.
Sylvan Lake RCMP allege that a severely wounded man was found walking along a roadside near Benalto after being shot, beaten and robbed by two other men.
Charges including attempted murder, robbery with a firearm, aggravated assault and a variety of weapons offences were laid against Daniel Huddlestone, 34, and Cameron Glen Monkman, 28.
Huddlestone remains in custody while Monkman was previously released on cash bail of $2,000.
The two accused were scheduled for a preliminary hearing in March 2014 after requesting that their trial be heard in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench. However, Crown prosecutor Janice Rea advised Judge John Holmes in Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday that the preliminary hearing could be moved to Dec. 31 of this year, depending on if Huddlestone can find a lawyer available that day.
Appearing by closed-circuit TV from the Red Deer Remand Centre, Huddlestone confirmed he is looking for a new lawyer after parting company with defence counsel Walter Kubanek.
Huddlestone is to return to court on Oct. 7 to confirm that he has a new lawyer who will be able proceed with the preliminary hearing in December.
Preliminary hearings may be requested to determine the strength of the Crown’s case before proceeding to trial.