Suspect in fatal Alpha House altercation to face a jury trial next May

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Manslaughter suspect Dwayne Bearspaw will face a one-week jury trial next May in connection with a fatal altercation at Calgary’s Alpha House.

Defence counsel Shaun Leochko appeared in Court of Queen’s Bench Friday by phone to schedule the hearing to begin May 10.

Bearspaw, who also appeared remotely via video link from the Calgary Remand Centre, did not address court during the brief proceeding.

Crown lawyer Shane Parker said assigned prosecutor Ryan Jenkins estimated five days would be required to conduct the case before a jury.

Bearspaw, 28, who was denied bail a week ago, is charged in connection with the Jan. 1, death of Alpha House resident Barry Cecil Currie.

Police said Currie, 30, was involved in a New Year’s Eve altercation at Alpha House on 15 Ave. S.E.

He was assessed by EMS and stayed there that night. He was found in medical distress the next day and taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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