Two of the three men charged with robbing the Gaetz Avenue Mac’s Convenience Store are headed to a preliminary inquiry.
Both Stephen Earl Donaldson, 20, and Jordan Curtis Baron, 19, of Ponoka, elected to be tried by a judge alone in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench.
Defence counsel Walter Kubanek entered the election on Tuesday in Red Deer provincial court. A preliminary inquiry is held to give defence a chance to see the case against them and to test the strength of the Crown’s case before heading to trial.
The inquiry will be held on Dec. 18 in Red Deer provincial court.
Both are charged, along with Christian Michel Lesann, 18, of Red Deer, for the Feb. 3 armed robbery of the Mac’s near the intersection of Gaetz Avenue and Boyce Street.
Red Deer RCMP said at about 12:30 a.m. a lone male entered the store covering his face with his shirt and approached an employee, demanding cash. No cash was provided until the suspect produced what appeared to be a black handgun and the employee turned over an undisclosed amount of cash.