Manslaughter trial begins for Delburne man involved in 2016 collision

Delburne man is accused of causing a collision with a pickup he was following

The manslaughter trial began in Red Deer on Monday for a Delburne man who was involved in a collision with a vehicle he was allegedly following in 2016.

Daniel Wayne Newsham, then 45, was charged in September 2016 by the RCMP’s southern Alberta major crimes unit following an investigation into an Aug. 14, 2016, collision.

It is alleged that Newsham followed a Ford F-150 pickup from the Delburne area to Highway 42 and Range Road 240, where the collision happened.

The driver of the Ford F-150, Stanley Dick, 32, was airlifted by STARS air ambulance to a Calgary hospital, where he died of his injuries.

RCMP allege that Newsham “perpetrated the collision which ultimately led to Dick’s truck crashing.”

Prior to the collision, Three Hills RCMP had responded to an 11:30 p.m. call of a suspicious vehicle in the area.

A 12-person jury and two alternates were chosen in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench on Monday morning.

Justice Eric Macklin told potential jurors the trial is expected to last about seven days.

Newsham is being defended by well-known Calgary lawyer Balfour Der.

The trial began with a series of voir dires without the jury present.

Often described as a trial within a trial, voir dires are typically held to consider the admissibility of evidence. A publication ban covers all evidence heard during a voir dire where there is a jury involved.

The jury is expected to hear testimony from nearly a dozen people, including four police officers.

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