Mar 23, 2012 - PRELIMINARY INQUIRY DATE NEXT STEP FOR JOHNATHAN PRATT CASE

Family members and friends of the three young men who were killed in an alleged drunk driving incident in late November of last year packed the Leduc courthouse for Johnathan Pratt’s third court appearance on Mar. 15.

With pins picturing their lost loved ones attached to their coats, family members and friends sat in anticipation prior to the beginning of the afternoon session of Leduc Provincial Court.

Pratt’s charges will reappear in Leduc Provincial Court on Mar. 29, where the Crown prosecutor and Pratt’s lawyer will try and find a date for a preliminary inquiry.

A preliminary inquiry is to determine if the Crown prosecutor has enough evidence to justify a trial.

The purpose for the defense is to explore the case and know exactly what evidence is against the client. It is almost identical to a trial, in that witnesses are brought in, examined and cross-examined under oath. The difference between a trial and a preliminary inquiry is the defense doesn’t present anything.

Pratt was not present in court on Mar. 15.

Appearing as an agent for Pratt’s lawyer, duty counsel James Arends asked for Pratt’s charges to be moved to the Mar. 29 date.

Arends told court the preliminary inquiry would likely take around four days.

Pratt was released on bail in late February.

Pratt is charged in connection with the alleged drunk driving incident that killed 18-year-olds Bradley Arsenault, Kole Novak and 22-year-old Thaddeus Lake. He is facing three counts of impaired operation causing death, three counts of over driving while over the legal blood alcohol limit of 0.08 mg causing death and three counts of manslaughter.

Source: Beaumont News

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