December 18, 2014 - 12:23 PM
KAMLOOPS - New information has come forward that alleges a man accused of shooting Cpl. Jean-Rene Michaud committed the offense in relation to a criminal organization.
In a brief court appearance in Kamloops Provincial Court Thursday morning, Kenneth Michael Knutson, 36, asked to put his bail hearing off for a month while he seeks legal representation. He now faces five charges: attempted murder, aggravated assault of a peace officer, possession of a firearm while prohibited and discharging a firearm with intent to wound, maim, disfigure or endanger life and now possession of a firearm contrary to a court order. The Crown amended the attempted murder charge relating it to a criminal organization.
Michaud was gunned down when he made a routine traffic stop around 2:45 a.m. on Dec. 3. The suspect fled, which launched a 12-hour manhunt in the Batchelor Heights neighbourhood. The officer, after enduring an induced coma and two surgeries, has now been removed from Royal Inland Hospital's intensive care unit and continues his recovery.
Before telling Knutson his new court date, the Justice of the Peace reminded him he is not to have contact with Marquee Klim, Jeffrey Milne, Angela Kapral, Tyler Norman and Brittany Van Basten.
"I don't even know who those people are," Knutson said.
Klim was arrested on a charge of obstruction the same day as Knutson but was released on bail earlier this week.
Knutson is due back in court January 15, 2015.
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