RCMP investigate a fatal shooting at the south Red Deer Walmart in December. The accused shooter is facing six charges, including second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. Advocate staff

Crown prosecutors considering resolution proposal for man accused of fatal Red Deer Walmart shooting

Chase Freed facing second-degree murder and attempted murder charges in December 2019 shooting

Crown prosecutors are reviewing a resolution proposal from the lawyer defending a man charged with fatally shooting a shopper outside Red Deer’s south Walmart last December.

Chase Freed, 19, made a brief appearance through a video link with the Edmonton Remand Centre in Red Deer provincial court Wednesday.

The case was adjourned until Sept. 30, when prosecutors are expected to have an answer on whether the resolution proposed is acceptable.

Freed is facing six charges, including second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. He has also been charged with flight from police, dangerous driving and theft of a motor vehicle.

C.J. “Jim” Williams, 69, was shot and killed outside Red Deer’s south Walmart at about 6:45 p.m. on Dec. 20.

Police said Williams and his wife had just left the store, busy with Christmas shoppers, when he was confronted in the parking lot by a masked man armed with a sawed-off semi-automatic rifle.

Williams was shot and fatally wounded.

The alleged shooter jumped into a waiting SUV with a woman at the wheel. As they fled, police allege Freed fired shots at two other bystanders, but missed them both.

The driver, Crystal Maurice, is facing four charges, including accessory after the fact to murder. She is due in court on Sept. 22.



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