Stay of proceedings for Rocky man charged in friend's death

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
September 5, 2017 - 4:29pm Updated: September 6, 2017 - 8:43am

There has been a stay of proceedings for the case of a Rocky Mountain House man charged with murder in the death of his friend.

On Oct. 1, 2014 Rocky RCMP received a call from a man who said he may have seriously injured his friend the night before.

Emergency crews responded to the home and Harley Smith, 57, was airlifted to an Edmonton hospital where he later died.

Trial for Neil Cooling, 54, had been scheduled to begin in Rocky Mountain House on Tuesday (Sept. 5) on a count of second degree murder and was expected to last for about three weeks.

A stay of proceedings is a ruling by the court halting further legal process in a trial or other legal proceeding. The court can subsequently lift the stay and resume proceedings based on events taking place after the stay is ordered.

Alberta Justice was unable to say whether the Crown or Defence requested the stay in Cooling's case.

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