Trial date for four men accused in Penticton kidnapping not anticipated before next summer

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PENTICTON - The trial of four men accused in the kidnapping and beating of another man took a step forward today.

Carey Anderson, Kerry J. Ellis, Albert Fontaine and John M. Szanto are accused of kidnapping and assault, stemming from an incident that took place on Shingle Creek Road just off Green Mountain Road on May 21, 2015.

Details of the upcoming jury trial were discussed at a pre-trial conference in Penticton Supreme court today, Sept. 30.

The trial for the four men is anticipated to take four weeks. The trial contains a number of difficult logistics, including finding courtroom space in Penticton for the month long trial.

A tentative date for the trial was set for June 19, 2017, subject to courtroom and lawyer availability.

A trial judge is expected to be appointed shortly in the matter.

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