Quadruple-murder suspect Jimmy Truong has been cleared of one of the charges against him.
Provincial court Judge Heather Lamoureux on Friday agreed with defence lawyer Derek Jugnauth there was insufficient evidence to order Truong to stand trial for first-degree murder in connection with the Aug. 11, 2016, shooting death of Louie Angelo Mojica.
Crown prosecutors Brian Holtby and Adam May had argued there was sufficient circumstantial evidence to tie Truong to the murder of Mojica, but following a five-day preliminary inquiry last month, Lamoureux disagreed.
The judge heard two dozen witnesses and submissions from Crown and defence lawyers over the course of the hearing before reserving her decision to Friday.
In a lengthy written decision, the judge found the prosecution hadn’t met the test of establishing there was some evidence for which a jury could find Truong guilty.
“The accused is discharged of the offence of first-degree murder,” Lamoureux said.
But Truong’s legal jeopardy hasn’t ended. He still faces three other charges of first-degree murder in connection with killings in Calgary and Edmonton.
Truong is scheduled to face a six-week jury trial beginning next Feb. 8, in connection with the Sept. 20, 2016, shooting deaths of Calgarians Cuc Lung and Quang Tran.
Lung and Tran were gunned down while sitting in a vehicle outside their Redstone Manor N.E. home. A five-year-old boy in the back seat of the car was uninjured.
The following month in Edmonton, Phu Phan, 30, was shot several times in a fatal
in the driveway outside his home.
Truong, who was initially arrested in April 2018, was free on bail when he was charged in June 2019 with Mojica’s murder.
Mojica was declared
on the scene after emergency crews found him in the front seat of a white Dodge Charger in the community of Panorama Hills.
Truong remains free on bail pending his trial next year.
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