Man accused in shooting to remain in custody

A young man who is among the accused in a shooting incident at a home on the O’Chiese First Nation will stay behind bars while awaiting his trial.

A young man who is among the accused in a shooting incident at a home on the O’Chiese First Nation will stay behind bars while awaiting his trial.

Delston Beaverbones, 18, is the only adult charged in an incident early on the morning of Jan. 2, during which police allege that he and two teenagers entered the house and threatened the occupants and that shots were fired.

Beaverbones pleaded not guilty in Rocky Mountain House provincial court on Wednesday to charges of uttering threats to cause bodily harm, uttering threats, possession of a weapon, intentionally discharging a firearm and break and enter.

He elected to be tried by judge alone with a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to warrant a trial.

Bail was denied and Beaverbones will remain in custody pending the outcome of his preliminary hearing, to be held in Rocky Mountain House on June 26.

Bail was also denied to one of the two youths, who also appeared in Rocky Mountain House on Wednesday.

The youth, whose identity is protected under federal law, faces numerous charges including failure to comply with conditions of his release, uttering threats, uttering threats to cause bodily harm, possession of a weapon, pointing a firearm, housebreaking to commit assault, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, possession of a loaded firearm that is either restricted or prohibited, intentionally discharging a firearm and possession of an illegal substance.

The youth is to return to court on March 7 to enter pleas on the charges.

The other youth was not in court on Wednesday.

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