Lethbridge Herald

Crown appeal of Stephans’ acquittal to be heard in June


The Alberta Court of Appeal has confirmed a date to hear the Crown’s appeal of David and Collet Stephan’s acquittal following their necessarie­s of life trial last year.

The appeal, which has been expected ever since Justice Terry Clackson acquitted the couple in September, is scheduled to be heard in Calgary on June 11.

The couple was found not guilty in the death of their 18month-old son after Clackson ruled Ezekiel Stephan did not die of bacterial meningitis as alleged by the Crown, and his parents did not know how sick he really was.

“The Stephans did not know that Ezekiel had meningitis but were alert to the possibilit­y and monitoring for symptoms,” Clackson said during his decision, Sept. 19. “The meningitis Ezekiel had was viral and he did not die from meningitis but from lack of oxygen.”

The Crown maintains the judge based his decision on “irrelevant considerat­ions” and erred by insisting prosecutor­s must prove that had the Stephans taken their son to a doctor before he stopped breathing in March 2012 after a brief illness, he would have survived.

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