Gun chase suspects make appearance
Sep 17, 2012 / 8:07 pm
Crown prosecutors will have two weeks to formally bring weapons charges against three people suspected of attempted murder during a police chase in West Kelowna July 31.
Crown prosecutors told a Kelowna court today more time was needed to formalize weapons charges against 19-year-old Kelowna Ashley Collins, Shawn Adam Wysynski (32), and Michael Edward Ellis (39), who have been charged with three counts of attempted murder during a high-speed chase with police on Westside Road July 31.
Each of the three also face one count of robbery with a firearm in relation to the incident.
Justice Betty Vincent granted the request due to the Crown's claim of “insufficient disclosure,” adjourning the arraignment to Oct. 1.
“None of the weapons charges appear, but they will shortly,” the Crown told the court.
“There will be a significant amount of disclosure on this file.”
Both Ellis and Wysynski, who appeared in court today by video, will be remanded in custody until their arraignment. The two also face unrelated charges for crimes alleged to have been committed in Kelowna and Columbia Valley.
Ellis has waved his right to bail.
Collins posted bail August 24 following her release from hospital, where she was treated for a gunshot wound. She did not appear in court today, but the court heard that she must elect her mode of trial following the Crown's weapons charges.
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