Shooting suspect appears in court

The man accused of firing a shotgun into the face of a convenience store clerk during a robbery remains in custody after making his first court appearance on Monday.

The man accused of firing a shotgun into the face of a convenience store clerk during a robbery remains in custody after making his first court appearance on Monday.

Jeffrey Lyle Geary, 30, was brought into Red Deer provincial court to face five charges arising from the shooting and robbery at the West Park Fas Gas in Red Deer on Wednesday.

Red Deer City RCMP allege that the victim, identified as Jaysen Arancon Reyes, 26, was shot shortly after a man armed with a sawed-off shotgun entered the business, demanding cash.

Geary, of no fixed address, is charged with attempted murder, using a prohibited weapon to commit robbery, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a loaded, prohibited weapon, and possession of a stolen, prohibited weapon.

He was returned to the Red Deer Remand Centre after asking that his plea and bail hearing be adjourned to Sept. 25.

Duty counsel Murray Shack said Geary wants to have his bail hearing next week, but is awaiting approval for Legal Aid, which covers legal costs for qualified applicants.

Crown prosecutor Jason Snider advised Judge Bert Skinner that the Crown will oppose his release.

Cpl. Sarah Knelsen, media relations officer for the Red Deer City RCMP, said on Monday that Reyes is still in hospital, recovering from his injuries.