News

New trial set for Penticton man charged with murder

A Penticton man accused of killing an 85-year-old woman in 2006 pleaded not guilty this week.

Corey Wolf Swite appeared in the prisoner's box at the Kelowna courthouse Tuesday morning, and spoke to a murder charge he first pleaded not guilty to at the start of a 2009 trial.

The result of those court proceedings, however, were ultimately thrown out by the B.C. Court of Appeal last February, meaning Swite will again face a jury next month.

The appeal court found that Swite faced "real prejudice" through the way the trial judge dealt with the case.

Swite wanted jurors screened with questions to determine whether they could view the evidence without bias, prejudice or partiality because he is Aboriginal and the victim was an 85-year-old woman.

Amendments made to the law around challenging jurors resulted in errors and confusion in the selection of the jury.

The appeal court also agreed there was a potential for prejudice when one unsworn juror clearly stated her belief of Swite’s guilt in the presence of the other sworn jurors.

A publication ban was ordered by the appeal court that will not allow for the victim’s name to be revealed.

Jurors for this trial have yet to be chosen, but the process should begin by mid October.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

NDP blasts lottery corporation spending
 
Site C dam construction to start next summer
 
B.C. to announce Peace River dam decision
City of Penticton investigating airport purchase
 
Thief jailed after striking twice at Penticton retirement home
 
Marilyn Manson coming to SOEC
Two killed in snowmobile accident
 
Municipalities to stay the course on CN Rail corridor, despite First Nations opposition
 
Matthew Foerster pleads guilty to violent attacks

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 17 edition online now. Browse the archives.