A judge alone will hear the case against a couple charged in connection with their son’s death in southern Alberta.
David Stephan and his wife, Collet, have re-elected to have their case retried by a judge alone, after being found guilty by a jury two years ago in Lethbridge, Alta.
The couple was found guilty in 2016 of failing to provide the necesseties of life in 2012 to 18-month-old Ezekiel, who died of bacterial meningitis.
Their trial heard that they treated the boy with homemade remedies such as garlic, onion and horseradish, rather than take him to a doctor. The Stephans eventually called 911 but the little boy died in hospital.
The Stephans appealed their conviction and the Supreme Court of Canada ordered a new trial, after the Alberta Court of Appeal upheld the conviction.
The ruling wasn’t unanimous, so the couple had an automatic right to take their case to the Supreme Court.
The Stephans used to live in southern Alberta, but later moved to Nelson, B.C.
Their four-week trial is set to begin on June 3, 2019.
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