March 28th, 2017

Still no date set for preliminary hearing


By Shurtz, Delon on March 20, 2017.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A man accused in relation to a 20-month-old manslaughter case is still waiting to schedule a preliminary hearing.

Jimmy Lynn Bad Man elected earlier this month to be tried by a judge and jury, and he was expected to set a date for the preliminary hearing Friday in Lethbridge provincial court. His lawyer, however, simply adjourned the matter to March 31.

A preliminary hearing is generally held to determine whether there is enough evidence to warrant a trial. Evidence and testimony presented during the hearing is usually subject to a publication ban.

The RCMP and Blood Tribe police arrested the accused Feb. 4 in Cardston and charged him with the death of Sara-Jean Big Sorrel Horse in 2015.

Blood Tribe police found Big Sorrel Horse about 11:30 a.m. June 27, 2015 in the town of Standoff. She was outside and unresponsive and taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

An autopsy determined she had been deliberately killed, and the RCMP South Major Crime Unit Blood Tribe Police Service began an investigation.

In addition to manslaughter, Bad Man, of no fixed-address, is charged with aggravated assault stemming from an unrelated investigation in Cardston in January. That charge was adjourned to March 31, as well. Meanwhile, Bad Man remains in custody at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre.

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