Man charged in baby death to have lengthy hearing

A preliminary hearing for a man charged with murdering an 18-month-old baby last fall will take more than a day, Red Deer court heard on Wednesday.

A preliminary hearing for a man charged with murdering an 18-month-old baby last fall will take more than a day, Red Deer court heard on Wednesday.

A date still has to be set for the hearing of Evan Caswell Gilmer, 30, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Garth Leippi.

Defence lawyer Lorne Goddard told provincial court he is also preparing to make an application for Gilmer’s release, perhaps next week.

A date to determine the hearing could be set on Aug. 19, when Gilmer is scheduled to return to court.

Goddard said earlier that his client wants to be tried by a judge and jury.

A pre-trial conference will be needed to hopefully streamline the issues in the case. The pre-trial meeting is needed because the preliminary will take more than a day. A preliminary hearing is held to determine if there’s enough evidence to warrant the accused stand trial in Court of Queen’s Bench.

Gilmer, who is the boyfriend of the infant’s mother, was arrested by RCMP last October but wasn’t charged. He was re-arrested and charged about a month ago.

The infant’s injuries occurred at a residence in the 4800 block of 46th Street.

Police were called to the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Oct. 12 after the infant came in by ambulance.

He was transferred to a Calgary hospital and died on Oct. 13.

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