Man charged in stabbing death to go to trial next year

Daniel Boyd Sawyer facing second-degree murder charge after man dies outside pub last November

A man accused of second-degree murder in a 2016 Red Deer stabbing death will go to trial next year.

Daniel Boyd Sawyer was charged in connection with the death of Alan Beach, 31, during a brawl outside a Village Mall pub about 9 p.m. on Nov. 18, 2016.

Sawyer turned himself in nine days later.

Defence lawyer Chris Archer entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of his client and elected a trial before judge and jury. The three-week trial will run Nov. 13-30, 2018.

Sawyer’s case has been held up over disagreements between defence lawyer Chris Archer and Crown prosecutors over what disclosure should be made available. A hearing was held before a judge earlier this year to address the issue.

Archer said in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench on Monday that he had just received a large amount of additional disclosure, the evidence Crown prosecutors will use against Sawyer.

Two other men, Andrew Dwayne Werth and Bill Georgopoulos, are each facing charges of manslaughter and accessory to murder. Their cases are still before the courts.

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