Hear­ing to re­sume in baby death case

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - Delon Shurtz dshurtz@leth­bridge­herald.com

A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing for a man ac­cused of killing a baby last year will con­tinue later this sum­mer as ex­pected.

The Crown and de­fence con­firmed Thurs­day in Leth­bridge pro­vin­cial court that the pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing for Tyler Brian Ho­gan will re­sume Aug. 14-17. The mat­ter had to be ad­journed April 24 af­ter only three days of hear­ings to al­low time for the Crown and de­fence to re­ceive med­i­cal ev­i­dence con­nected with the case.

Last week lawyers sug­gested the hear­ing would likely re­sume in Au­gust, but the date was not set un­til they con­firmed the judge would be avail­able.

A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing is typ­i­cally held to de­ter­mine whether there is enough ev­i­dence to war­rant a trial. The case is be­ing tried a Cal­gary Crown pros­e­cu­tor and heard by a judge from an­other ju­ris­dic­tion to avoid any con­flict of in­ter­est or per­ceived prej­u­dice since the ac­cused is the son of a re­tired Leth­bridge pro­vin­cial court judge.

A court-or­dered ban pro­hibits the pub­li­ca­tion of any ev­i­dence pre­sented dur­ing the pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing.

Ho­gan is charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the death of nine-month-old Austin Lu­cas Wright, who died from blunt force trauma April 28, 2016.

Leth­bridge EMS went to a res­i­dence in the 600 block of 17 Street North af­ter re­ceiv­ing a re­port that a baby boy was in med­i­cal dis­tress. The baby was not breath­ing and in car­diac ar­rest when paramedics ar­rived, and was rushed to hospi­tal where he was pro­nounced dead.

Po­lice al­lege the baby’s mother had left her boyfriend to care for the baby while she was at work. The child be­gan cry­ing and was as­saulted.

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