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Suspect in nearly two-decade old murder will remain behind bars pending trial, judge says

Cold-case homicide suspect Stephane Parent will remain behind bars until at least the conclusion of his trial this fall, a judge ruled April 1.
Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Glenda Campbell denied defence lawyer Shamsher Kothari’s application to have Parent released on bail pending trial.

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Campbell agreed with Crown prosecutor Shane Parker that Kothari hadn’t met the onus to establish Parent was a suitable candidate for judicial interim release.

At Kothari’s request, Campbell imposed a publication ban on evidence and arguments presented by the two lawyers two weeks ago.

Parent, 52, is charged with second-degree murder in the Valentine’s Day, 2002 murder of his then-girlfriend, Adrienne McColl.

The body of McColl, 21, was found in a field outside Nanton, just days after her death.

Parent remained free until his arrest on Feb. 17, 2018, on the 16th anniversary of McColl’s body being found, at his home in Gatineau, Que., across the Ottawa River from the nation’s capital.
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His trial was initially set to commence March 30, 2020, but was postponed when courts were largely shut down 2 1/2-weeks earlier when the COVID-19 pandemic sent everyone into lockdown.

A new trial date beginning last Nov. 2 was lost when Parent had a falling out with his then-lawyer, Jim Lutz, over his insistence on making an application for a stay based on unreasonable delay.

Kothari unsuccessfully made that application last December, where Justice Richard Neufeld agreed with Parker that the pandemic qualified as the type of exceptional circumstance that would allow otherwise unreasonable delays in getting cases to trial.

Parent‘s jury trial is now set to commence Sept. 13.

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