A preliminary inquiry for the man accused of manslaughter in Likely got underway in Williams Lake provincial court Monday

A preliminary inquiry for the man accused of manslaughter in Likely got underway in Williams Lake provincial court Monday

Preliminary inquiry underway for man accused of manslaughter

A Likely resident who faces one charge of manslaughter and one charge of indignity to human remains is in front of a judge this week.

A Likely resident who faces one charge of manslaughter and one charge of indignity to human remains is in front of a judge this week in Williams Lake provincial court.

Guy Smith’s preliminary inquiry began on Monday, July 18, and is slated to last the week, with a second week for the inquiry scheduled to begin Aug. 22, 2016.

Smith is charged in connection with the death of 60-year-old Gary Price.

Price lived in a remote area near Cariboo Lake when he was reported missing by his siblings and extended family on Mar. 3, 2013, after routine contact with him ceased.

Price’s truck was found about one kilometre from Likely on the Keithley Creek Road, pulled over on the shoulder, but pointed towards his home at Cariboo Lake.

After determining Price was last seen alive Feb. 23, police launched an extensive ground and air search in the days that followed, however, failed to locate his whereabouts.

On Sept. 19, 2014, the Williams Lake RCMP received information of human remains being located on a local property in Likely.

By Oct. 22, the RCMP confirmed the remains had been identified as that of Price.

Crown Counsel approved charges of manslaughter and indignity to human remains against Smith, then 54, on May 4, 2015.

Smith was arrested in Saskatoon, Sask. on May 5, 2015, following a Canada-wide warrant issued for his arrest.

In January of this year, Smith elected to be tried by judge and jury in B.C. Supreme Court.

After the preliminary inquiry is completed, the court will determine whether enough evidence has been presented to send the case to trial.

Under the publication ban, no evidence presented during the inquiry can be published by media.