BAT ASSAULT: Pre-trial hearings to be held in new year; Simpson still in critical condition

Kristopher Teichrieb.
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KAMLOOPS - The man accused of beating a Savona teen with a baseball bat earlier this year will begin pre-trial hearings in the new year.

Kristopher Teichrieb, 39, is facing a charge of attempted murder and assault with a weapon after allegedly beating Jessie Simpson about the head. Simpson remains in a coma.

His preliminary inquiry is expected to be four days and will begin Jan. 23 and he has elected to be tried by a judge and jury.

The incident happened on June 19. Friends and family of Simpson say the 18-year-old was attending a friend's graduation party when he ended up on Teichrieb's Brocklehurst property.

Simpson has been in a coma ever since and family friend Christina Forde has been raising money to help his family with medical and travel expenses.

An update on Simpson's GoFundMe page indicates the now 19-year-old is still in critical condition and awaiting another procedure.

"Jessie requires a major surgery that is continuously being postponed due to illness," the update reads.

Simpson's illness is why his family is asking for visitors to hold off on seeing him, the page says, to limit the viruses and germs he's exposed to.

"Jessie has shown us all great strength in his fight to stay with us, and I hope we will find a way to get him out of the hospital and home as we are all missing his brightness and humor," the post says.

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