The case surrounding Macdonald George’s murder has taken a step forward.
A preliminary inquiry for Apr. 22 of next year has been set for the man charged with second-degree murder in relation to the case.
Shot dead on the morning of May 21 outside of a Saskatoon nightclub, police say George was acting as a good samaritan at the time of the shooting.
The accused, Shamsa Noor, appeared in a provincial court room via video Thursday morning and there the prosecution and defense attorney settled on a date.
“It’s taking the next logical step in the proceedings,” said Noor’s defense attorney, Nicholas Stooshinoff.
“The hearing will be before a judge of the provincial court and at that hearing the Crown will be presenting some—or all of it’s case essentially providing sufficient evidence to demonstrate to the court … that the accused be committed to stand trial,” he said.
“The idea is for both defense and the crown to have an opportunity to assess relative strengths or weaknesses of the case,” said Stooshinoff, noting a plea could be entered at this time.
Stooshinoff said they will be filing a bail application with the Court of the Queen’s Bench as the charge of second-degree murder falls under that court’s jurisdiction.
Currently there is a bail hearing for Noor tentatively scheduled for Sept. 27.
Three other individuals who are facing firearms charges in relation to the incident have a preliminary inquiry by a Queens Court Bench Judge set for Feb. 11 and 12 2013.