Rocky man facing criminal charges in death of teenager

A Rocky Mountain House man facing criminal charges in relation to the death of a teenager has reserved his plea until early January.

A Rocky Mountain House man facing criminal charges in relation to the death of a teenager has reserved his plea until early January.

A lawyer acting on behalf of James Alexander Rose, 41, said Wednesday in Rocky provincial court that Rose was not ready to enter a plea and election.

Rose faces charges in relation to the death on Sept. 7 of Tanner Mayer, 15.

Rocky RCMP allege that Mayer died after launching a projectile from an object that looked like a pen.

Police said earlier that Mayer and Rose’s son were in a vehicle outside a home when one of them picked up what appeared to be an ordinary pen. The discharger went off and Mayer was struck in the chest at close range. He died in hospital.

Rose faces charges of criminal negligence causing death, manufacture of a prohibited device and careless use of a prohibited device.

Rose’s next appearance is set for Rocky provincial court on Jan. 6.

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