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Man convicted of killing brother is granted bail after jury verdict

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Days after skipping out on the jury’s verdict in his manslaughter case, convicted killer Rylen Heavenfire was granted bail Friday on strict situations.

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Justice Michele Hollins agreed with defence counsel Steve Wojick that Heavenfire may very well be freed pending sentencing, regardless of his absence Monday night when jurors discovered him responsible within the taking pictures loss of life of his brother.

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Wojick informed Hollins his consumer had gone for a stroll and misplaced observe of time when he held up courtroom for greater than two hours whereas the events waited for his return.

When he couldn’t be positioned Hollins declared him an absconding accused and had the jury render its verdict in his absence.

The lawyer mentioned following the choice, Heavenfire’s sister and grandmother went on the lookout for him and located him returning to the courtroom.

However Crown prosecutor Vince Pingitore requested Hollins to detain Heavenfire, noting he didn’t flip himself in instantly and needed to be arrested at his grandmother’s Tsuut’ina Nation residence Tuesday afternoon.

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Extra importantly, Pingitore famous, Heavenfire confirmed indicators having been ingesting closely when he was picked up.

“A big concern for the Crown … is the accused is intoxicated (when arrested),” Pingitore mentioned.

“He has blood-shot eyes, slurred speech (and) smells of vodka … That may be a actual concern,” he mentioned.

“He was apparently intoxicated the day after the jury verdict was rendered.”

Jurors deliberated a little bit greater than three hours on Monday earlier than reaching a call within the case, however then needed to sit idle whereas the courtroom waited for Heavenfire to indicate up.

It was a mixture of alcohol and firearms which led to Heavenfire’s authorized jeopardy.

He had been looking and ingesting together with his brother, Randen, in woods close to their grandparent’s residence on the nation not removed from Bragg Creek, together with his brother’s girlfriend and an uncle.

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Sooner or later the brothers acquired into an argument and Randen Heavenfire was shot as soon as within the face with a shotgun blast from shut vary.

Hollins mentioned Rylen Heavenfire may very well be freed on the identical situations of his unique bail order which prohibited from contacting Randen’s girlfriend, Gabrielle De Loof and prohibited from possessing any weapons, together with firearm.

She additionally ordered him to publish $1,000 money, have his grandmother, Donna Rowan present a surety of $3,000 and barred Heavenfire from consuming any alcohol or different intoxicants.

The case is again earlier than Hollins on Oct. 19, for the Court docket of King’s Bench choose to find out the details on which the jury discovered Heavenfire responsible.

At Wojick’s request she ordered a psychiatric threat evaluation and a report into his Indigenous background.

On Twitter: @KMartinCourts

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