Supporters of murder victim wear T-shirts in his honour in Red Deer court

Man and woman facing second-degree murder charges after death of Lacombe man in December

Supporters wearing “Justice for Jeff” T-shirts were in Red Deer court on Friday as the man and woman accused in his shooting death made appearances.

Lacombe police were called to the local hospital around 2 a.m. on Dec. 15 after Jeffery Kraft, 20, was dropped off with a gunshot wound. Kraft, who was from Ponoka, later died from his injuries.

Police said Kraft had met up earlier with the two suspects, whom he knew. While driving in northeast Lacombe, a confrontation occurred and a suspect allegedly pulled a gun and shot Kraft.

Lacombe police put out word they were looking for suspects and the two were spotted by Sylvan Lake RCMP and arrested after a short foot chase.

Tyler John Campbell, 27, and Amie Rogers, 21, have each been charged with second-degree murder, robbery with a firearm and conspiring to commit an offence.

Campbell has also been charged with breaching court conditions.

Those charges replaced the initial charges laid, second-degree murder and resisting a peace officer, which were withdrawn by the Crown prosecutor on Friday.

Both appeared in court by closedi-circuit video links; from the Red Deer Remand Centre for Campbell, and from the Edmonton Remand Centre for Rogers.

They each have lawyers and are due back in court on Feb. 21.

Several supporters of the victim, including his father, came to court wearing white T-shirts with a photo of Kraft. Accompanied by a victims services worker, they declined to comment outside court.


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