Calgary dad to stand trial next September for murder in death of three-month-old son

Exterior pics of the Calgary Courts Centre in Calgary on Monday, August 10, 2020.

Calgary man Anthony Karl Kurucz will face a three-week trial next year for second-degree murder in the death of his three-month-old son.

Crown and defence lawyers were in Court of Queen’s Bench Friday to schedule Kurucz’s trial, which will begin Sept. 7, 2021.

Crown prosecutor Shane Parker said three weeks would be required for the trial, but because of the Labour Day holiday, he and defence counsel Brendan Miller will only have 14 days to complete the case.

Miller said he and co-counsel Darren Mahoney will be filing a re-election to have the trial heard by a judge sitting without a jury.

Parker consented to dropping a jury for the trial.

Under the Criminal Code, judge-alone trials on murder cases are only permitted if both sides agree to the procedure being conducted that way.

Kurucz, 30, was charged last September — 17 months after the death of his infant son.

On April 25, 2018, police say EMS and Calgary firefighters arrived at a home in the 0-100 block of Atlanta Crescent S.E. to aid an infant boy in medical


 who was unconscious.

Police said the story provided to medical staff wasn’t


 with the child’s symptoms and the child 


 unit embarked on an 



That led officers to conclude the child’s injuries were not accidental and a charge was laid.

Less than a month after his arrest, Parker consented to Kurucz’s release on bail under conditions which included he not have contact with children under 14, or with the mother of his alleged victim.

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