Suspect in fatal Sunalta shooting ordered to stand trial for second-degree murder

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The suspect in the fatal shooting of a man in the inner-city community of Sunalta last April has been ordered to stand trial for second-degree murder.

Provincial court Judge Gord Wong on Wednesday agreed with Crown prosecutor Pam McCluskey that there is some evidence on which a jury could conclude Taylor Calfchild was guilty as charged.

Defence lawyer Gloria Froese had argued her client should only have been committed to stand trial on the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Calfchild, 25, was scheduled to face a weeklong preliminary inquiry beginning Monday, but after calling two witnesses McCluskey decided she would not put any further evidence before the court.

At Froese’s request, Wong ordered a publication ban on the evidence the prosecution did call.

Calfchild, who also goes by the name Taylor Hall, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting last April 9 of Calgarian Jovaughan Meek.

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