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Lethbridge judge dismisses manslaughter charge in local trial

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One of two people facing a charge of manslaughter is now free man after a Lethbridge judge ruled Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 8) a statement given to police and a re-enactment video of the killing were not given voluntarily.

25 year old Rylan Twigg was accused in the death of 45 year old Kenrick First Rider who was found dead at his north side home in November 2017 after getting into a fight with two men.

The judge decided the video, in which Twigg allegedly confesses to the beating death, would not be allowed as part of the trial and therefore, the charge against him has been dropped.

The defence had argued Twigg’s video statement was involuntary, noting that a cognitive disability made him more susceptible to police interview techniques, something the judge agreed with.

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The trial has been going on for the past six weeks.

20 year old Simon Scout meanwhile, who’s the other man charged in the case, will continue his manslaughter trial Wednesday.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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