Two men to be tried for murder in death of Calgary chef

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Two men have been ordered to stand trial in the killing of Calgary chef Christophe Herblin, who died only days before he was to open his dream deli.

Provincial court Judge Catherine Skene ruled there was enough evidence for the pair to be ordered to face a Court of Queen’s Bench trial at the conclusion of a four-day preliminary inquiry.

Anthony Archie Dodgson, also known as Christian, and Tommie Boris Holloway are charged with second-degree murder in Herblin’s death on March 14, 2020, near the French deli he was on the verge of opening.

Lawyers Tonii Roulston and Robin McIntyre, for Dodgson, and defence counsel Rebecca Snukal, who represents Holloway, indicated at the beginning of the inquiry on Tuesday they would not contest committal for their clients.

At the lawyers’ request, Skene ordered a publication ban on evidence called by Crown prosecutors Carla MacPhail and Aleksandra Simic.

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The prosecution called nine witnesses over the course of the hearing, which is designed to determine if there is some evidence for a jury to weigh.

Both Dodgson, 27, and Holloway, 31, sat quietly in the prisoner’s box clad in Calgary Remand Centre-issue blue overalls throughout the inquiry.

The men were arrested last June and remain in custody pending trial.

The 56-year-old chef had gone to his business premises around 3 a.m. on March 14 in response to a break-in alarm at his deli in a strip mall on Bow Trail S.W.

Officers also responded and cleared the premises, but Herblin remained in the parking lot waiting for a contractor to secure the location.

Police said that around 6 a.m., Herblin was approached by at least three individuals and attacked.

Officers believed the purpose of the break-in was to access an adjoining cannabis retailer.

Herblin’s deli, Croque Saveurs, which his daughter said was the realization of her father’s dream, was scheduled to open the following month.

KMartin@postmedia.com

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