Preliminary inquiry starts for gang-style shooting death

A preliminary inquiry started on Monday into the gang-style shooting death of a Red Deer man on New Year’s Day two years ago.

A preliminary inquiry started on Monday into the gang-style shooting death of a Red Deer man on New Year’s Day two years ago.

The accused, 17 at the time of the incident, can’t be named by the Canada Youth Justice Act. He appeared in Red Deer youth court on Monday to start the preliminary inquiry scheduled for four days.

Inquiries are held to test the strength of the Crown’s case against the accused before a judge can order a trial.

The youth, who is facing a first-degree murder charge, appeared in court wearing a white and black short-sleeved polo shirt. He was given paper and a pen to take notes during the hearing.

Lloyd Robert Sarson, 25, was found dead in a car parked in the alley behind residences near 37th Avenue and Ross Street.

The youth was arrested in Vancouver on March 13, 2014. He has been held in custody since his arrest.

Despite being a youth at the time of the offence, the Crown is seeking an adult sentence if the youth is convicted. He is now 19-years-old.

Should the matter proceed to trial, the youth has elected to be tried by a judge and jury.

The preliminary inquiry is expected to continue until Thursday before Judge Gordon Yake.

Just Posted

Break-in at Red Deer business

Social media reports confirm a business break and enter in Red Deer… Continue reading

‘Rough waters’: Spill raises new questions about fast-growing N.L. oil industry

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador’s ambitious plans to dramatically expand… Continue reading

Trudeau rules out snap election call, national ballot slated for Oct. 21

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there will be no early… Continue reading

Canadian firm says it has found largest diamond ever unearthed in North America

YELLOWKNIFE — A Canadian mining firm says it has unearthed the largest… Continue reading

Man from Olds killed in collision near Sundre

A 39-year-old man from Olds was killed in a collision near Sundre… Continue reading

WATCH: More than 100 protest UN migration pact, carbon tax in Red Deer

Chants of “Trudeau must go” echoed through the streets of downtown Red… Continue reading

Man who demolished landmark house ordered to build replica

SAN FRANCISCO — A man who illegally demolished a San Francisco house… Continue reading

Giuliani: ‘Over my dead body’ will Mueller interview Trump

WASHINGTON — With a number of probes moving closer to the Oval… Continue reading

Quebecers criticize western oil but buying more gasoline, SUVs, bigger homes: report

MONTREAL — Quebec’s premier is quick to reject “dirty” oil from Western… Continue reading

Speaker Geoff Regan opens the door to his apartment in Parliament

OTTAWA — One of the best-kept secrets inside the main building on… Continue reading

Baloo the cat is back at home after being mistakenly shipped to Montreal

HALIFAX — Much to the relief of his loving family, Baloo the… Continue reading

‘It’s what we do’: Famous Newfoundlanders help replace veteran’s stolen guitar

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Two famous Newfoundlanders stepped in to help an… Continue reading

Quebec’s anti-corruption unit blames media coverage for recruiting troubles

MONTREAL — Seven years after it was created, Quebec’s anti-corruption unit is… Continue reading

Former PQ cabinet minister poised to become next Bloc Quebecois leader

MONTREAL — It appears likely that Yves-Francois Blanchet, a former Parti Quebecois… Continue reading

Most Read