Woman accused of being accomplice in Red Deer Walmart shooting appears in court

Crystal Lee Maurice charged with accessory after the fact to murder

A woman accused of driving the getaway car following a fatal shooting at a Red Deer Walmart last month was in court Wednesday.

Crystal Lee Maurice, 30, appeared through a closed-circuit video link with the remand centre, where she is being held.

Maurice has been charged with accessory after the fact to murder, flight from police, dangerous driving and vehicle theft in connection with the Dec. 20 shooting that left a city man mortally wounded.

Police say Maurice was driving the SUV that accused gunman Chase Freed jumped in after C.J. (Jim) Williams was shot around 6:45 p.m.

It is alleged that Freed fired at two other bystanders with a sawed-off semi-automatic rifle as he fled the scene.

Maurice and Freed were tracked down by police several hours later near Sylvan Lake. Maurice was arrested in a stolen vehicle.

Freed, who was in a second stolen vehicle by that time, was arrested after a short foot chase.

Lawyer Randy MacDonald told Red Deer provincial court Judge Jim Mitchell that local lawyer Andrew Phypers had been appointed to represent Maurice.

Phypers had yet to receive disclosure evidence and Mitchell agreed to adjourn the case until Jan. 22 to give Phypers time to review the file.

Freed made his first appearance in Red Deer court on Monday. The 18-year-old has been charged with second-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, flight from police, dangerous driving and vehicle theft.

He returns to court on Feb. 18.



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