Man in same jail as son has first court date
The father of a Calgary murder suspect made his first provincial court appearance Thursday, on unrelated charges of attempted murder.
Keith Harkes appeared in court via closed-circuit TV from the Calgary Remand Centre. That’s the same jail his son, Mitchell Harkes, is confined to while awaiting his retrial on a second-degree murder charge in the killing of a University of Calgary student.
The elder Harkes did not address court during his brief appearance before Judge Lloyd Robertson.
Duty counsel Joe Nahman appeared on behalf of Harkes, who faces 11 charges, including two of attempted murder. Nahman asked that Harkes’ case be adjourned a week to allow him to hire a lawyer.
He’s accused of trying to kill his estranged wife, Paula Harkes, and Kerry McNeil.
Police said just after 6 p.m. on Monday, a car containing two people arrived at a home in the 1200 block of Ranch View Road N.W. As the man and woman pulled into the driveway, a second car driven by a lone male arrived and parked directly behind the first car, blocking it in, police said.
A male emerged from the car with a shotgun and approached the occupants of the first car, police said. Allegedly pointing the firearm at the couple and pulling the trigger, a malfunction reportedly prevented the gun from firing.
Retreating to their car, the couple backed out of the driveway and escaped down the street while driving in reverse.
Harkes also faces two threats charges and seven weapons-related offences.
One of those is for violating the conditions of a weapons prohibition in connection with a 2009 conviction for assault with a weapon. Harkes, 64, was handed a conditional sentence and given a 10-year firearms ban on Oct. 30, 2009.
His son was convicted of seconddegree murder in the 2013 stabbing death of Brett Wiese. The Alberta Court of Appeal ordered a new trial citing problems with the instructions jurors were given.