Prosecutors expect to call 10 witnesses, including a woman who was shot at close range during a gang-related attack that killed a man, at the preliminary inquiry next month for two men charged with murder and attempted murder.
Gordie Braaten, 36, and Hugh McIntosh, 52, are each facing one count each of first-degree murder and attempted murder stemming from a shooting incident at a Brocklehurst apartment eight months ago.
Jason Glover was killed on Feb. 15 in a shooting at an apartment complex in the 1900-block of Tranquille Road. Kelly Calfas was shot multiple times and suffered serious injuries.
The shooting was one in a string of high-profile violent incidents in Kamloops linked to organized crime and the city’s drug trade.
Braten was arrested days after the shooting at a home on the Tk’emlups reserve. McIntosh was taken into custody 10 days later in the Lower Mainland.
In Kamloops provincial court on Monday, Crown prosecutor Sarah Firestone said Calfas would be one of five civilian witnesses taking the stand next month at Braaten and McIntosh’s preliminary inquiry. Three police witnesses and two experts are also expected to testify at the two-week hearing.
Preliminary inquiries are hearings after which a judge decides whether there is enough evidence to send a case to trial. Braaten and McIntosh’s preliminary inquiry is slated to begin on Nov. 4.