Aug 29, 2012 - HOLUBOWICH CASE HEADING TO TRIAL (Grande Prairie Warriors case)


Brenden Holubowich will head to trial for charges against him involving the death of four teens in an alleged drunk driving collision that occurred in October of 2011.

Although no trial date has been set, it is expected within the next nine to 10 months, says defense counsel Chris Millsap.

The case is scheduled for an arraignment hearing on Oct. 9.



Over the course of the preliminary inquiry, Provincial court Judge John Higgerty heard from six witnesses – five on Tuesday and one on Wednesday before making his final decision Wednesday afternoon.

Holubowich, who was 21 at the time of the collision, is facing 16 charges, including four counts of impaired driving causing death, four counts of operating a vehicle over .08 causing death and one count each of impaired driving causing bodily harm, operating a motor vehicle over .08 causing bodily harm, five counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and failure to remain at the scene of an accident in connection with the fall collision.

Vincent Stover, 16, Matthew Deller, 16, Walter Borden-Wilkins, 15, and Tanner Hildebrand, 15, were killed in the two-vehicle collision on the Correction Line south of the city, while 16-year-old Zach Judd has made great strides in recovering from his injuries.

Outside the courtroom, Darren Davidson, stepfather of Walter Borden-Wilkins who was killed in the crash, has been acting as a spokesperson for the grieving families since the collision.

“It’s very mixed emotions,” said Davidson of the feeling inside the courtroom. “I guess the best we can do is know that at least something is happening and due process is going to take its course.”

Davidson adds that the length of time for the judicial process has been frustrating, but he is pleased that it is moving along.

The purpose of the preliminary inquiry is to determine if there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.

Due to a strict publication ban, no evidence or testimony heard can be reported.

Source: Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune

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