The preliminary inquiry for Johnathan Pratt, the man charged in connection with the alleged drunk driving incident that killed 18-year-olds Bradley Arsenault, Kole Novak and 22-year-old Thaddeus Lake, began Jan. 21, 2013  - more than a year after the actual incident occurred.

After two days of testimony the preliminary inquiry was adjourned to allow the testimony of an additional witness.

On Feb 22nd, the Crown Prosecutors' office was informed that the judge presiding over the preliminary inquiry was involved in a motor vehicle accident which has precluded his ability to conclude the hearing as scheduled.

The judge presiding over the preliminary inquiry is still unable to return to the Bench.  Due to the delays which have occurred so far the Crown Prosecutor's office submitted an application to the Attorney General's office to proceed by 'Direct Indictment'.

Crown Prosecutors received the Direct Indictment from the Attorney General’s office and appeared in the Court of Queen’s Bench in Wetaskiwin today to compel Johnathan Pratt to court. 

A trial is expected to be scheduled for April 28 to May 23, 2014. It is slated to be a jury trial. A new bail hearing is required and has been scheduled for Jun 4, 2013.

Neither the defence lawyer or the accused was present.

Pratt 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.

He was released on bail in late February, 2012.

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Last updated on: 2013-05-28 | Link to this post