Trial starts for man accused of running down student at Olds bar

A preliminary hearing for a Calgary man charged with first-degree murder after an Olds College student was run down and killed outside an Olds bar in October started Tuesday in Didsbury provincial court.

A preliminary hearing for a Calgary man charged with first-degree murder after an Olds College student was run down and killed outside an Olds bar in October started Tuesday in Didsbury provincial court.

Jeffrey Kevin Leinen, 24, is charged with first-degree murder, drunk driving causing death, dangerous operation causing death, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, and impaired driving causing bodily harm.

The three-day hearing before Judge Harry Van Harten had a publication ban imposed which prohibits reporting on evidence presented during the hearing.

Nicholas Baier, 18, and an agriculture management student died in hospital of blunt force trauma.

A second 19-year-old Olds College student was injured in the incident.

Preliminary hearings are held to determine if there is enough evidence to warrant the accused stand trial in Calgary Court of Queen’s Bench.

Leinen remains in custody.