Accused in Lytton murder won't have charge reduced
February 23, 2017 - 3:08 PM
KAMLOOPS - A Lytton man charged in the stabbing death of his uncle will not have his charge reduced from second-degree murder.
Defence lawyer Richard Kaiser, who is counsel for Colton Smith, had applied for his client to stand trial under one count of manslaughter.
Kamloops Provincial Court judge Len Marchand denied that application today, Feb. 23. Details of the murder and today's hearing cannot be published due to a court-ordered publication ban.
RCMP originally said that on Jan. 22, 2016, they responded to a property on Two Mile Road in Lytton after reports of a stabbing. Smith was charged with murder four days later.
His uncle, Jeremiah Johnson Smith, had died from stab wounds.
Smith was granted bail last year, but it was revoked in November by Supreme Court Judge Sheri Donegan after he breached his conditions.
Smith has elected to stand trial by judge and jury, and lawyers will reconvene next month to set a date.
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