Gentles preliminary hearing begins

Friends and family poured into the largest courtroom in Williams Lake Tuesday at the preliminary hearing of Martin W. Gentles.

Friends and family poured into the largest courtroom in Williams Lake Tuesday for the second day of testimony at the preliminary hearing of Martin W. Gentles.

Gentles is charged with dangerous driving causing death, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, impaired driving causing death, causing an accident resulting in death, impaired driving causing bodily harm, causing an accident resulting in bodily harm, and failure to stop at the scene of an accident.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on April 22, 2012 on Carson Drive in Williams Lake where Rayel MacDonald was killed and her friend Alysha Mullet was seriously injured.

The three-day preliminary hearing, which began Monday in Williams Lake Provincial Court, will be used to determine whether the case will go to trial.

Justice Victor Galbraith, a former Crown counsellor in Williams Lake, imposed a publication ban after receiving a request from Crown Counsel Geoffrey McDonald on Monday. Lawyer K.M. Walker of Kamloops is defence counsel for Gentles. The hearing is expected to continue through to today (Wednesday).

Gentles has yet to enter a plea in the case.