Rocky Mountain House man accused of murder opts for jury trial

Marshall Lawrence Stone charged with killing a woman and attempting to kill her sister in July

A Rocky Mountain House man accused of murdering a woman and the attempted murder of her sister has opted for a jury trial.

Marshall Lawrence Stone, 45, was charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder with a firearm in connection with a July incident police described as a domestic situation.

Stone’s lawyer waived his right to a preliminary hearing and elected to have the case go before a judge and jury in Rocky Mountain House provincial court on Wednesday.

No trial date has been set.

Stone was charged after Rocky Mountain House RCMP responded to several calls around 7:30 p.m. on July 26 that a man was armed with a gun in a local residence.

When police arrived, they found Ashley Smith-Ames dead and her sister, Alexis Ames, suffering from non-life-threatening injuries.

Three children in the home, including Smith-Ames’s five-year-old son, were uninjured.

An autopsy determined Smith-Ames had been shot.

Stone turned himself into police and was charged on July 27.

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