Pre-trial set, but trial dates not yet determined for Stephans

By Geoff Smith (@GeoffSmithLNN on Twitter)
June 11, 2018 - 11:06am

LETHBRIDGE – A date for a new trial is still up in the air for David and Collet Stephan.

Lawyers appeared on the couple’s behalf at Court of Queen’s Bench in Lethbridge Monday, June 11. The intent was to set a trial date, with four-week periods being discussed between April and June of 2019.

However, that discussion was put on hold due to potential conflicts with lawyer availability. The judge also noted the possibility that the Stephans may re-elect to be tried by judge alone, which may affect the length of time needed to be set aside.

The Crown and defence did agree to schedule two weeks from Feb. 25-Mar. 8, 2019 for pre-trial motions.

The husband and wife were found guilty in 2016 of failing to provide the necessaries of life, in connection with the 2012 death of their 18-month-old son Ezekiel. They appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada in May, which ordered a new trial.

The matter has been set over to July 9.

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