The man accused of a gang-style murder in Red Deer has reserved his plea because his lawyer is still awaiting information from the Crown prosecutor’s office.
The body of Lloyd Robert Sarson, 25, was found in a car sitting in an alley in the Eastview subdivision on Jan. 1, 2013. Police allege that Sarson was shot and that there was a gang connection with the shooting.
A suspect was arrested in Vancouver on March 13 and charged with first-degree murder.
Although he is now 18 and an adult, the suspect cannot be named because he was 17 at the time of the alleged shooting and his identity is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
The accused appeared in Red Deer youth court on Thursday, via closed-circuit TV from the Calgary Young Offenders Centre.
Red Deer lawyer Brad Mulder, acting on behalf of the youth’s lawyer, defence counsel Karen Molle of Calgary, asked that his plea and bail hearing be adjourned to give her more time to receive and review the Crown’s case.
The suspect remains in custody pending his next court appearance, set for May 22.