Man in same jail as son has first court date

Calgary Herald - - CITY - KEVIN MAR­TIN Twit­ter: @KMart­inCourts

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.

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