Days after skipping a jury verdict in a manslaughter case, convicted murderer Rylen Havenfire was released on stringent bail on Friday.
Judge Michele Hollins told defense attorney Steve Wozick to release Heavenfire pending sentencing, despite Heavenfire’s absence Monday night when a jury found him guilty of shooting his brother. Agreed that it can be done.
Wojick told Hollins that his client had gone for a walk and had lost track of time.
When he was not found, Hollins declared him a fugitive accused and had the jury render a verdict in his absence.
After the sentencing, Heavenfire’s sister and grandmother went looking for him and found him back in court, according to his attorney.
But Crown Prosecutor Vince Pinguitore called on Hollins to take Heavenfire into custody, and he didn’t turn himself in immediately, so he had to be arrested Tuesday afternoon at his grandmother’s Twina Nation home.
More importantly, Pinitore noted that Heavenfire showed signs of heavy drinking when it was picked up.
“The big concern for the royal family … is that the defendant is intoxicated[at the time of his arrest],” Pinguitore said.
“His eyes are red, he’s slurred[and]he smells of vodka…it’s really worrying,” he said.
“He was apparently drunk the day after the jury’s verdict was delivered.”
On Monday, the jury deliberated for just over three hours before reaching its verdict, but had to sit back and do nothing while the court waited for Heavenfire to appear.
It was the combination of alcohol and firearms that led to Heavenfire’s legal peril.
He was with his brother’s girlfriend and uncle, with his brother Landen, hunting and drinking in the woods near his grandparents’ house in the country not far from Bragg Creek.
At one point the brothers got into an altercation and Randen Heavenfire was shot once in the face with a shotgun at point-blank range.
Hollins said Rylen Heavenfire could be released under the same terms as the original bail order, which barred him from having contact with Landen’s girlfriend Gabriel de Loof and barred him from possessing any weapons, including firearms. Said there was.
She also ordered him to post $1,000 in cash, have his grandmother Donna Rowan provide a $3,000 security deposit, and ban Heavenfire from consuming alcohol or other intoxicants. .
The case will be brought back before Hollins on October 19, when a court judge will decide the facts that the jury found Heavenfire guilty.
At Wojick’s request, she ordered a psychiatric risk assessment and a report on his Aboriginal background.
Man convicted of murdering brother released on bail after jury verdict
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