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BAT ASSAULT: Another adjournment for suspect's bail hearing

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July 04, 2016 - 11:23 AM

KAMLOOPS - The Kamloops man accused of hitting a teen over the head with a baseball bat, putting him into a coma, will remain behind bars for the foreseeable future.

Kristopher Teichrieb, 39, appeared by video in Kamloops Provincial Court today, July 4. He has been in custody since the incident took place on June 19.

This is the third time a bail hearing for Teichrieb has been adjourned.

Jessie Simpson, 18, was at a grad party on June 18. Sources say he was trying to find a friend's address when he stumbled onto Teichrieb's driveway. Teichrieb's mother says his house was broken into four times before then.

Teichrieb saw Simpson standing outside, and approached him. The two exchanged words and Teichrieb allegedly chased Simpson down the street and hit him over the head with a bat several times causing three open skull fractures, sources say.

Several of Simpson's friends were in court this morning, and say they are growing frustrated with the delays in court proceedings.

Family friend and founder of a Go Fund Me page for Simpson, Christina Forde, says one of the hardest parts about the adjournments is waiting to see if Teichrieb will be allowed back on the streets.

"I just don't want him to be released," Forde said. "i just don't want anyone else to get hurt."

Forde does acknowledge it's not just Simpson's friends and family suffering, but Teichrieb's as well. She says the mother of his children has donated to the online page.

Teichrieb's next court appearance is expected to be later this week to set a new date for a bail hearing.

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