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Crown wants man accused of murdering security guards to go directly to trial

EDMONTON — The Alberta Crown wants the case of man accused of fatally shooting three G4S security guards to go directly to trial without a preliminary hearing.


August 30, 2012
By The Canadian Press

Travis Baumgartner was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one of attempted murder following a June 15 armed robbery on the University of Alberta campus.

The Crown says there is enough evidence to go to trial in Court of Queen’s Bench without spending months in a preliminary hearing.

Michelle Davio, a spokeswoman for Alberta Justice, says the Crown has filed a direct indictment, which means an accused can go directly to trial without having a preliminary hearing.

She says it’s an option that’s provided to the prosecution under the Criminal Code.

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Davio says Steve Bilodeau is the Crown in the case.

Baumgartner, 21, is to be back in court Sept. 7.

He was arrested a day after the robbery at the Canada-U.S. border with $334,000 in a backpack.

The guards who died included Michelle Shegelski, 26, Eddie Rejano, 39, and Brian Ilesic, 35.


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