Justice to deliver Gentles’ trial decision February 3

Justice John D. Truscott will deliver his decision on the Martin William Gentles trial in BC Supreme Court in Williams Lake on Feb. 3, 2015.

Justice D. Truscott will deliver his decision on the Martin William Gentles trial in BC Supreme Court in Williams Lake on Feb. 3, 2015.

Truscott appeared by telephone in BC Supreme Court Monday to confirm the date with Crown counsel Julie Dufour and defence counsel Ken Walker, who also appeared by telephone.

Gentles, who was also present in the court Monday, is charged with dangerous driving causing the death of Rayel MacDonald, dangerous driving causing bodily harm to Alysha Mullet, impaired driving causing an accident resulting in death, impaired driving causing bodily harm, causing an accident resulting in death, causing an accident resulting in bodily harm and failure to stop at an accident.

The charges stem from an incident in Williams Lake on April 22, 2012, when a pickup driven by Gentles collided with MacDonald and Mullet while they were walking across Carson Drive after attending the Indoor Rodeo barn dance.

In their final statements Dufour argued that Gentles should be found guilty of all seven charges against him, while Walker said Gentles should not be found guilty of any of the charges.

The three-week trial ran from Nov. 24 until Dec. 10, 2014.

Crown called a number of witnesses including RCMP members, a traffic incident analyst, a motor vehicle inspector, a bartender, a forensic toxicologist and civilians.