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Woman accused of helping Red Deer Walmart shooter escape appears in court

Crystal Maurice facing several charges including accessory after the fact to murder

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

Crystal Lee Maurice, 30, appeared through a closed-circuit video link with the Edmonton Remand Centre.

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, 2019, shooting that left a city man dead.

Police say Maurice was driving the SUV that accused gunman Chase Freed, 18, jumped in after C.J. (Jim) Williams was shot around 6:45 p.m.

It is alleged 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.

A law student, speaking for Maurice’s Red Deer lawyer, Andrew Phypers, said the lawyer was still waiting for more disclosure, which includes evidence that will be used to prosecute the case.

“We have only received very, very basic disclosure on this,” Laura Phypers told Red Deer provincial court Judge David Plosz.

The case was adjourned until Feb. 26. Maurice remains in custody.

Freed has been charged with second-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, flight from police, dangerous driving and theft of a motor vehicle.

He returns to court Feb. 18.


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