Eric Amaral has been ordered to stand trial on a charge of first-degree murder for allegedly firing an arrow that killed a Kitchener man.
Justice Pamela Borghesan made the ruling earlier this month at the end of a three-week preliminary hearing. A trial date has not been set.
Amaral, 30, of Kitchener, is accused in the Oct. 5, 2015, death of Michael Gibbon. The 60-year-old was out for a morning walk along Margaret Avenue in Kitchener when he was struck by an arrow, police said at the time.
Gibbon collapsed on the front lawn of a house across from Breithaupt Park, about 500 metres from his home on Guelph Street, and died in hospital.
His death sparked lockdowns in nearby schools.
Gibbon, who lived alone, was described by family members as witty, quiet and gentle. He was a longtime employee of Gore Mutual Insurance Co. in Cambridge.
Amaral also faced more than a dozen other charges after a police officer was shot in the chin with a pellet gun during a traffic stop on Ottawa Street in Kitchener on Oct. 13, 2015, police said at the time. The pellet did not embed in the veteran officer’s skin.
Amaral was committed to stand trial on some, but not all, of those charges, his defence lawyer, Brennan Smart, said in an interview Wednesday.
Smart said Amaral’s trial could start in late fall.
“It could be as early as November, something like that,” he said. “It depends on the availability of time in the Superior Court.”
Preliminary hearings are held to determine if there is enough evidence for a case to go to trial. They give lawyers the opportunity to question and cross-examine witnesses under oath.
Amaral’s hearing, which began on Jan. 16, is subject to a ban on publication of evidence.
Source: Waterloo Region Record