Trial in 2013 in Trochu standoff

A Trochu man arrested after a standoff with police will go to trial almost a year after the alleged incident.

A Trochu man arrested after a standoff with police will go to trial almost a year after the alleged incident.

Chad Alain Frere, 40, was charged with assault and uttering threats after an incident at a house in Trochu on June 29.

Three Hills RCMP allege they were held at bay for five hours by a man who had been fired from his job at a Trochu car dealership and told a relative that he wanted to kill former co-workers.

Also charged in the incident was Frere’s mother, Marie-Claire Frere, 60, who is alleged to have barged through police lines in an attempt to aid her son.

Mother and son both made appearances in Drumheller provincial court on Wednesday.

Chad Frere entered a plea of not guilty on one charge of assault and two counts of uttering threats causing bodily harm and is to be tried before a provincial court judge on June 5.

He will go to trial on Nov. 7 in Drumheller on one count of impaired driving that allegedly occurred on Aug. 20, 2011.

His mother reserved her plea on obstructing and resisting a peace officer, dangerous driving and one count of failing to stop a vehicle and evading police.

She will return to court on Nov. 7 for plea and to elect the manner in which her charges are to be heard.

Elections include provincial court judge alone or by a Court of Queen’s bench justice, with or without a jury.

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