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.
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.