Calgarian Joseph Trieu was ordered Friday to stand trial as an accessory to a murder which doesn’t have an accused before the court.
Provincial court Judge Karim Jivraj found there was sufficient evidence to send Trieu’s case before a Court of Queen’s Bench jury.
Jivraj heard testimony from a single witness called by Crown prosecutor Brian Holtby last Monday and arguments Tuesday from him and defence lawyer Derek Jugnauth on whether Trieu should be committed to stand trial.
At Jugnauth’s request, Jivraj imposed a publication ban on the evidence.
Trieu, 27, was charged in July 2019 in connection with the December 2015 shooting death of Hussein Merhi.
At the same time police said they had charged Trieu as an accessory, they announced an arrest warrant for a suspect in Merhi’s murder.
Kier Granado is wanted on a charge of first-degree murder in Merhi’s death.
On Dec. 13, 2015, Merhi was found wounded in the 100 block of Del Ray Road N.E. following reports of a shooting in an alley. A dark SUV was seen fleeing the area after the shooting.
When police announced Granado was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, they indicated he may be in Edmonton, or may have fled overseas.
“We have information that Granado may be in the Edmonton area, but we are also aware he may have left Canada,” Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta, of the service’s homicide unit, said at the time.
“We have been working with the INTERPOL office in Ottawa to walk through an international arrest warrant. If he fled Canada, our belief is he fled to Southeast Asia.”
Police also believe at least one other individual was involved in the murder.
Trieu, who is free on bail, will appear in Court of Queen’s Bench on Sept. 18.
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