Murder trial for suspect in CTrain station stabbing death to take place more than four years after killing

File pics of Calgary Courts in Calgary on Monday November 26, 2018.

More than four years after he was charged in what police called an “unprovoked” attack at a downtown CTrain station, a Calgary man will stand trial for murder late next year.

Defence counsel Susan Karpa appeared in Court of Queen’s Bench on Friday along with murder suspect Keeton Michel Gagnon to set a week-long trial in September 2021.

Both appeared via video link, with Gagnon from the Medicine Hat Remand Centre where he is currently housed, as did Crown prosecutor Ken McCaffrey in the brief proceeding before Justice Earl Wilson.

Karpa told Wilson the prosecutor indicated five days would be needed to conduct the trial, which will be held before a judge sitting alone.

“I expect, fully, that will be enough time,” she said.

Karpa said that while McCaffrey was prepared to proceed as early as next month, she has no room in her calendar until the following September.

McCaffrey indicated he would have wanted an earlier date than to commence the trial on Sept. 13, 2021, noting earlier hearings had been set only to be postponed.

Karpa said her client was prepared to waive any unreasonable delay arguments as a result.

 Keeton Michel Gagnon, 39, in police custody. He’s accused in the Friday, June 2 2017 fatal stabbing of 46-year-old Nicholas Nwonye on the platform of the City Hall LRT station.

Gagnon, 42, is charged with second-degree murder in the June 2, 2017, stabbing death of Calgary father Nicholas Nwonye.

At the time, police said the 6:45 p.m. attack on the north platform of the City Hall LRT station appeared to have been random.

Nwonye, 46, a father of three, suffered grievous stab wounds to his abdomen.

Gagnon remains in custody pending his trial.

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