Woman no longer co-accused in 2019 Red Deer murder

Preliminary hearing of co-accused in murder began on Friday and resumes next month

A woman is no longer considered jointly charged with another man with second-degree murder and assault in connections with a March 2019 homicide.

Quentin Strawberry, 38, and Jennifer Caswell, 37, were jointly charged with second-degree murder and assault causing bodily harm in connection with the death of Joseph Junior Alfred Gallant, 45, and the injuring of another person on Feb. 28.

RCMP were called to a Grandview home around midnight on March 29. Neighbours phoned 911 after Gallant, who had been stabbed, called for help. The father of two died later in hospital.

Gallant had come to Red Deer for work from Prince Edward Island less than four months before his death.

A preliminary hearing for both Strawberry and Caswell was to begin on Friday morning in Red Deer provincial court.

However, before it began, Crown prosecutor Ed Ring told the judge he was separating Caswell’s charges from Strawberry’s.

Her case, and its second-degree murder and assault causing bodily harm charges, returns to court March 26.

The preliminary hearing for Strawberry alone then began. It is set for four days, continuing on March 11.

Preliminary hearings are held to determine if there is enough evidence to take a case to trial.

All of the evidence and testimony heard during the hearing is covered under a publication ban.

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