September 20th, 2017

Medical records granted in manslaughter trial


By Shurtz, Delon on September 14, 2017.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

The lawyer for a 43-year-old man accused of killing a woman on the Blood Reserve more than two years ago has been granted access to the woman’s medical records.

Lethbridge lawyer Mansoor Khan was granted access Wednesday following a hearing in Lethbridge provincial court, where he said he hopes to show the woman’s chronic use of alcohol, not the actions of his client, may have contributed to her death.

Jimmy Lynn Badman is charged with manslaughter in the death of Sara-Jean Big Sorrel Horse, whose body was found outside about 11:30 a.m. June 27, 2015 in the town of Standoff. She was 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 and Blood Tribe Police Service began what turned out to be a lengthy investigation. Badman was finally arrested in Cardston on Feb. 4.

Khan told court Wednesday he wants to show through Big Sorrel Horse’s medical records that she didn’t die as a result of Badman allegedly jumping on her chest and causing internal injuries.

Badman, who is remanded at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre, is set to have a preliminary hearing Nov. 6-10. The hearing is typically held to determine whether there is enough evidence to warrant a trial, and evidence and testimony presented during such a hearing is usually subject to a publication ban.

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