Bail granted on downtown murder charge
A man has been granted bail on a second-degree murder charge in the beating death of Lukas Strasser-Hird outside the downtown Vinyl Club last November.
Court of Queen's Bench Justice Earl Wilson ordered the release of J.P., on Friday after he was presented with an agreement by Crown prosecutor Ken McCaffrey and lawyer Andrea Urquhart.
J.P. must provide $70,000 in non-cash assets and remain under house arrest, except for work, education or medical reasons.
He must surrender his passport and have no contact with more than 50 Crown witnesses, including bar staff, and four co-accused people.
Two weeks ago, Justice Beth Hughes ordered the release of Assmar Ryiad Shlah, 20, on $35,000 cash or $70,000 in non-cash assets after McCaffrey also consented to the application by defence lawyer Balfour Der.
Shlah also must abide by similar conditions, including house arrest and no contact with the same people.
The two men were arrested on Dec. 12 and charged with second-degree murder for the death of Strasser-Hird, 18, who police believe had been involved in two separate altercations the same night.
Three other Calgary men are also charged shortly in connection with the deadly incident. Nathan Paul Gervais, 18, is charged with first-degree murder; Franz Emir Cabrera, 19, and Jordan Lee Liao, 19, who was charged last week, face second-degree murder charges.
The co-accused are scheduled to be back in court on Feb. 28.
City police Staff Sgt. Grant Miller of the homicide unit would not say whether he anticipates more arrests or charges, only to stress that the investigation continues.
Strasser-Hird had recently returned to Calgary after studying at the Santa Cruz International School in Bolivia and was out with friends when they got into an altercation with another group at the downtown nightclub.
The groups were eventually separated by nightclub staff, with Strasser-Hird's group taken through the club and ushered out the back door.
The groups met again soon afterwards in the back alley and a second brawl ensued. Strasser-Hird suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital, where he died.
Police estimated up to 10 people may have been involved in the attack on Strasser-Hird.
Daryl Slade, The Calgary Herald/Canwest News Service
January 31 2014