Prelim for accused murderers nearing an end in Kamloops

Gordie Braaten, 36, and Hugh McIntosh, 51, are each facing charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder in connection with shootings in a Brocklehurst apartment unit in February 2019

Lawyers will return to court on Friday, Nov. 22, for closing submissions in the preliminary inquiry for two men charged with murder and attempted murder following shootings in Brocklehurst in February that were part of a deadly gang war.

More than 10 witnesses testified for the Crown during the three-week hearing, including one of the victims, a woman who was shot multiple times in the face.

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Jason Glover was killed and Kelly Callfas suffered gunshot wounds during a Feb. 15 attack in an apartment unit in the 1900-block of Tranquille Road.

Gordie Braaten, 36, and Hugh McIntosh, 51, are each facing charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder.

Braaten was arrested days after the shooting at a home on the Tk’emlups reserve, while McIntosh was taken into custody 10 days after the incident in the Lower Mainland.

The preliminary inquiry for the men began on Nov. 4. Evidence concluded last week and closing submissions are expected on Friday.

Preliminary inquiries are pre-trial hearings at which the Crown calls the crux of its case to determine whether there is enough evidence to proceed to trial. All evidence heard at preliminary inquiries is bound by bans on publication.

Extra security has been in place intermittently during Braaten and McIntosh’s preliminary inquiry.

The attack that killed Glover and wounded Callfas was part of a string of bloody gang-related incidents over a period of five months that left four men dead and a number of other victims injured.

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