Man charged following New Year's Eve homicide will stand trial

By CHAT News Today
December 6, 2017 - 10:32am Updated: December 6, 2017 - 6:53pm


MEDICINE HAT, AB — A preliminary hearing for one of the two men charged in connection with a New Year’s Eve murder of a Medicine Hat wrapped up Wednesday morning with a decision to stand trial.

Luke Boxell, 22, appeared briefly in Medicine Hat provincial court for the first day of his preliminary hearing, which was scheduled to last for three days. The hearing wrapped up early Wednesday morning, with lawyers agreeing there is enough evidence for a trial.

A publication ban is in effect regarding details from the preliminary hearing.

Boxell, along with Leonard Beaulieu, 25, are both charged with one count of second-degree murder in connection with the death of 24-year-old Jordan Pede.

The Medicine Hat man was found suffering from a gunshot wound in Strathcona Island Park in the early morning hours of January 1. He died 11 days later from his injuries.

Boxell was arrested on January 25, while Beaulieu was arrested in Winnipeg on Feb. 13, following a Canada-wide warrant.

Boxell was later released on $10,000 cash bail with strict conditions, including 24-hour house arrest with family in Manitoba. He is only allowed to appear in Medicine Hat for court appearances.

Beaulieu remains in custody after being denied bail in September.

Boxell makes his next court appearance in the Medicine Hat Court of Queen’s Bench on January 12, where a trial date is expected to be set.

Beaulieu is scheduled for a three day preliminary hearing in Medicine Hat on December 13.

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