Blackfalds man free on bail while awaiting first-degree murder trial

A Blackfalds-area man facing his third first-degree murder trial is free on bail after serving six years in custody.

Paul White: has already served three years in custody.

Paul White: has already served three years in custody.

A Blackfalds-area man facing his third first-degree murder trial is free on bail after serving six years in custody.

Paul Lionel White, 24, is charged in a 2005 stabbing death in Red Deer. He was released on bail with several conditions three weeks ago in an Edmonton court.

White was released on a $10,000 bond. He must also stay at his parents’ property near Blackfalds and must report once a week to the Blackfalds RCMP.

Other conditions include being accompanied by one parent at all times and not being allowed to set foot in Red Deer city limits. He must also have no contact with any of the witnesses.

White will stand trial from Nov. 28 to Dec. 15 in Edmonton Court of Queen’s Bench before a judge and jury.

This will be White’s third trial after he was charged with stabbing to death Grant Shoemaker, 21, of Red Deer in early June 2005.

White was convicted of second-degree murder in Red Deer in 2008 but the Alberta Court of Appeal ruled last year that another trial was needed. He was originally sentenced to 13 years in jail.

The venue was changed because of the publicity surrounding the Red Deer trial.

The first Edmonton trial earlier this year resulted in a mistrial ruling. The judge declared a mistrial four weeks into the proceedings after the defence asked for one over comments made by the Crown during its summation in the case.

The appeal court said after the first trial that White should never have been forced to conduct his own defence without the benefit of a lawyer.

The accused, who was 18 at the time of the alleged murder, went through two lawyers. They both quit the case.