Preliminary hearing for second man charged in New Year's Eve homicide underway

By CHAT News Today
December 13, 2017 - 11:02am

MEDICINE HAT, AB — The second man charged in connection with a New Year’s Eve 2016 homicide is back in Medicine Hat Provincial court.

Leonard Beaulieu, 25, is in Medicine Hat Provincial Court for a preliminary hearing. The hearing is expected to last three days, and will determine if there is enough evidence for Beaulieu to go to trial.

A publication ban on the hearing is in effect.

Beaulieu, along with Luke Boxell, 22, are both charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Jordan Pede.

Pede, 24, was found suffering from a gunshot wound in Strathcona Island Park on New Year’s Eve. He died on January 11, 2017 in a Calgary hospital.

Boxell was arrested on January 25, while Beaulieu was the subject of a Canada-wide warrant, which led to his arrest in Winnipeg on February 13.

Beaulieu has remained in custody since his arrest. His application for bail was denied in September.

Boxell was 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.

Boxell’s preliminary hearing wrapped up last week, and he will be heading to the Court of Queen’s Bench on January 12 for arraignment. During arraignment, a plea will be entered and a date for trial is expected to be set.

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