Trial date set in Arens case

A new trial date has been set for a man accused of killing a Red Deer teenager while driving drunk more than six years ago. Rodney Ross Arens, now 38, was arrested in connection with the collision that killed 13-year-old Jeffrey Chanminaraj and serious injured his older brother and sister.

A new trial date has been set for a man accused of killing a Red Deer teenager while driving drunk more than six years ago.

Rodney Ross Arens, now 38, was arrested in connection with the collision that killed 13-year-old Jeffrey Chanminaraj and serious injured his older brother and sister.

Arens was convicted after a lengthy trial in the Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench during the late spring of 2015 and sentenced to serve five years and nine months in prison, minus 185 days of credit for time he had served in pre-trial custody.

The conviction was overturned by the Alberta Court of Appeal and a new trial was ordered. His new trial has been set to take place over 13 court days, starting on Feb. 20, 2018.

Arens had been granted bail on the 2010 charges, but has not been released because he is serving a provincial sentence on more recent charges.

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