First-degree murder charge stayed in Edmonton after lengthy delay for trial

EDMONTON - A judge has stayed a first-degree murder charge after it took the case more than five years to get to trial in Edmonton.

A jury trial was to begin next week for 29-year-old Lance Matthew Regan.

Regan was accused of stabbing to death fellow inmate Mason Tex Montgrand at Edmonton Institution in August 2011.

An Alberta Justice spokesman says the charge was stayed on Friday because of the long delay.

He could provide no further comment, saying the Crown has yet to decide whether to appeal the stay.

Lengthy court delays have been a problem in the past in Alberta, and a lack of judges has reportedly been a key issue.

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