October 22nd, 2020

Lack of disclosure slowing attempted murder trial


By Shurtz, Delon on March 3, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

The lawyer for a man charged with attempted murder nearly three months ago still doesn’t have enough information from authorities to proceed with the case.

During a brief hearing Monday in Lethbridge provincial court, the judge was told Calgary lawyer Balfour Der is still waiting for disclosure from the Crown’s office.

Crown Prosecutor Erin Olsen explained the RCMP is dealing with a heavy workload, but should have the information ready for defence before the next court hearing March 23.

Kyle Crow Chief, 29, is accused of shooting another man on the Blood Reserve Dec. 7. Police reported that at about 2:25 a.m. a 41-year-old man was shot, sustaining life-threatening injuries, and had to be rushed to a Calgary hospital.

A suspect fled the area, and RCMP major crimes responded to take over the investigation with the assistance of Blood Tribe and Lethbridge police.

Crow Chief was arrested two days later in Edmonton, but released Jan. 17 on $20,000 no-cash bail, half of which is surety promised by his Edmonton cousin should Crow Chief breach any of his release conditions.

During his release, Crow Chief must remain under house arrest unless he is with his lawyer or cousin, with whom he was ordered to live, and he is not to be south of Calgary unless with his cousin or lawyer. He is also prohibited from having any contact with the complainant in the case, and he is not to possess any weapons.

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