BACON SHOOTING TRIAL: Lawyers apply to have charges in Kelowna gangland murder thrown out of court

KELOWNA – Lawyers for three men charged with murdering gangster Jonathan Bacon in broad daylight six years ago in Kelowna will spend this week trying to get the charges thrown out of court.

Crown spokesperson Dan McLaughlin says the trial is scheduled to start Wednesday, May 24, depending on the outcome of this week’s application.

Bacon was killed in the Aug. 11, 2011 gangland shooting outside the Delta Grand Hotel in Kelowna.

Jujhar Khun-Khun, Jason T. McBride and Michael K. Jones were arrested in Surrey, Gibsons, and Toronto following an 18-month investigation, according to the Toronto Star. They are each charged with one count of murder, four counts of attempted murder for a criminal organization and gun charges.

After years of delays by both the Crown and defence, McBride and Jones appeared for the first time in Kelowna Supreme Court today, May 15. Khun-Khun appeared by video.

Last year, Canada’s Supreme Court ruled that cases should not take longer than 18 months in Provincial Court or 30 months in Supreme.

Much of the application is protected by a publication ban, but McLaughlin says a decision whether or not the trial will move forward is expected by the end of this week.

Earlier this month, Justice Alan Betton ruled that evidence seized from a third person’s Blackberry will be admitted should the trial proceed.

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