Med­i­cal records granted in man­slaugh­ter trial

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - Delon Shurtz LETH­BRIDGE HERALD

The lawyer for a 43-year-old man ac­cused of killing a woman on the Blood Re­serve more than two years ago has been granted ac­cess to the woman’s med­i­cal records.

Leth­bridge lawyer Man­soor Khan was granted ac­cess Wed­nes­day fol­low­ing a hear­ing in Leth­bridge pro­vin­cial court, where he said he hopes to show the woman’s chronic use of al­co­hol, not the ac­tions of his client, may have con­trib­uted to her death.

Jimmy Lynn Bad­man is charged with man­slaugh­ter in the death of Sara-Jean Big Sor­rel Horse, whose body was found out­side about 11:30 a.m. June 27, 2015 in the town of Stand­off. She was un­re­spon­sive and taken to hospi­tal where she was pro­nounced dead.

An au­topsy de­ter­mined she had been de­lib­er­ately killed, and the RCMP South Ma­jor Crime Unit and Blood Tribe Po­lice Ser­vice be­gan what turned out to be a lengthy in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Bad­man was fi­nally ar­rested in Card­ston on Feb. 4.

Khan told court Wed­nes­day he wants to show through Big Sor­rel Horse’s med­i­cal records that she didn’t die as a re­sult of Bad­man al­legedly jump­ing on her chest and caus­ing in­ter­nal in­juries.

Bad­man, who is re­manded at the Leth­bridge Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre, is set to have a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing Nov. 6-10. The hear­ing is typ­i­cally held to de­ter­mine whether there is enough ev­i­dence to war­rant a trial, and ev­i­dence and tes­ti­mony pre­sented dur­ing such a hear­ing is usu­ally sub­ject to a pub­li­ca­tion ban.

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