Man shot by Calgary police going to trial late next year
The Calgary motorist blinded by a police when cops say he ran down an elderly couple won’t stand trial until November, 2016.
Defence counsel Andrea Urquhart told Justice David Gates on Friday that was the earliest available court time for a 10-day trial where both she and Crown prosecutor Darren Maloney were free.
“There were some April dates that were made available (by Court of Queen’s Bench, but) I was unavailable,” Urquhart said.
She said she was also unable to fit any October, 2016 time into her calendar.
But Urquhart said a decision by Maloney to streamline the allegations against J.H means the defence no longer requires a jury to hear the case.
Maloney filed a new indictment in the case reducing the number of charges  faces from eight to four.
Two allegations each of assault with a weapon and dangerous driving causing bodily harm were dropped from the new indictment.
J.H., will stand trial beginning Nov. 14. 2016 on two May 14, 2013, charges each of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and causing injury while fleeing from the police.
On that day officers were investigating near 101 Crowfoot Way N.W. when they located a suspect vehicle parked outside of a bank.
An ASIRT review found the driver allegedly reversed the vehicle, struck a parked cop car then drove forward onto the sidewalk, striking the couple.
An officer fired twice, striking  in the head, permanently blinding him.
J.H. is free on bail pending trial.