Brief court appearance for man charged in 2016 Crescent Heights murder

By Charles Lefebvre
November 29, 2017 - 1:09pm

MEDICINE HAT, AB — More than a year following the murder of Dustin Hewer in Crescent Heights, one of the two men charged in connection with the death madea brief court appearance.

Aaron Anand-Ford, 22, appeared via CCTV in Medicine Hat provincial court on Wednesday

He was arrested on November 5 and charged with second-degree murder along with Jacob Porfoun, 22. Anand-Ford has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Hewer, 24, was found badly injured at a home on 21st Street NE in the early morning hours of November 5. He was taken to hospital, but died from his injuries. The Medical Examiner ruled Hewer’s death was a result of “sharp force injury.”

On June 21, Porfoun pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter in connection with the death, receiving a 6-and-a-half year prison sentence, though with credit for time served, will serve five-and-a-half years.

Details about Porfoun’s role in the case are under a publication ban, as Anand-Ford’s charge is still before the court.

In court on Wednesday, a trial date was originally going to be set for August 2018, but a lawyer for Porfoun was asking for the date to be set for Decembe r2018.

The judge rejected the December date, calling it “ridiculous.”

Anand-Ford is scheduled to appear in court again on December 6, where a trial date is expected to be set.

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