Charge reduced for one of three accused in 2017 murder of Alberta man

One of the three men accused of killing Michael Bonin has had the charge against him reduced.

  • Nov. 5, 2018 11:30 a.m.

Cheryl Wierda

One of the three men accused of killing Michael Bonin in 2017 has had the charge against him reduced.

Jared Jorgensen was originally charged with first degree murder of Bonin, along with Ryan Watt and Joshua Fleurant.

However, court records indicate Jorgensen is now charged with second degree murder. Crown counsel Colin Forsyth said the change in charges for Jorgensen came when the direct indictment in the case was filed last week.

A direct indictment means that the case will head straight to trial without a preliminary hearing, which is typically held to determine if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial.

READ ALSO: MEN CHARGED IN BONIN’S MURDER WILL GO STRAIGHT TO TRIAL

Bonin, a 20-year-old from Alberta, was discovered deceased on Peers Creek Forest Service Road north of Hope on April 20, 2017.

After a months-long investigation, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team announced in January the arrest of Fleurant, then 20, Jorgenson, 27, and Watt, 26.

“All the parties involved knew each other to varying degrees,” IHIT Cpl. Frank Jang at the time.

Police have not released a motive for the killing.

Jorgenson, of Dawson Creek, was granted bail in June, while Fleurant and Watt remain in custody.

The case returns to court Nov. 26.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaNewsKat
kmichaels@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: Body discovered in aftermath of Hope apartment fire

RCMP can’t confirm cause of death yet, but have ruled out foul play

Author talk will discuss potlatch history, education in Agassiz

Davidson’s history and education come together for informative presentation

WATCH: A sunny day through the District of Kent

A look at just a bit of the District’s natural beauty.

Village of Harrison seeks community plan feedback

Survey will update a 13-year-old community planning guide

Agassiz-Harrison Museum hosts CP Rail presentation

Event covers local railroad development in the 1800’s

Pipeline dispute: Tories put no-confidence motion on House of Commons agenda

Conservatives say they have no confidence in the Trudeau government to end the rail blockades

B.C. government shows no interest in proposed highway between Alberta and B.C.

Province says it will instead focus on expanding the Kicking Horse Canyon to four lanes

Mysterious bang booms over Sumas Mountain once again

Police unsure of source, quarry companies say, ‘not us’

First case of COVID-19 in B.C. has fully recovered, health officer says

Three other cases are symptom-free and expected to test negative soon

A&W employees in Ladysmith get all-inclusive vacation for 10 years of service

Kelly Frenchy, Katherine Aleck, and Muriel Jack are headed on all-expenses-paid vacations

Via Rail lays off 1,000 employees temporarily as anti-pipeline blockades drag on

The Crown corporation has suspended passenger trains on its Montreal-Toronto and Ottawa-Toronto

VIDEO: Knife-wielding man arrested after barricading himself in Lower Mainland Walmart

A man had barricaded himself in the freezer section of the fish area at a Walmart in Richmond

Budget 2020: Weaver ‘delighted,’ minority B.C. NDP stable

Project spending soars along with B.C.’s capital debt

Langley teen who died of apparent drug overdose to receive a hockey-themed memorial

Police report on Carson Crimeni case now in the hands of Crown counsel

Most Read