May 07, 2016
Judge G.W. Paul
A young man suspected of killing 25-year-old Chantelle Hole appeared in court via closed circuit television from the maximum security unit at Edmonton Remand Centre (ERC) last week. The 27-year-old was arrested on June 2, 2017 and faces a second degree murder charge. Hole was found dead inside her home near Smith earlier this year on April 29th. No other facts behind the arrest were provided in court and the RCMP hasn’t released any details about the circumstances behind Hole’s alleged murder.
One of the man’s soon-to-be lawyers asked for an adjournment so he could speak his client and review the disclosure package. Judge Paul agreed and set the next appearance for June 28, 2017 at the Slave Lake court house.
The accused will have to make an election of plea at that time.
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Set to be tried was Shelly Nicole Wilton. However before proceedings started she switched her plea to guilty for obstructing a peace officer.
Provincial Crown Attorney Hayden Shook told the court that Wilton got herself into a bit of a scuffle with a local peace officer on Jan. 14, 2017.
According to Shook, Wilton was heavily intoxicated inside one of the local bars in Slave Lake that a peace officer was patrolling. The officer saw one of the establishment’s bouncers trying to remove Wilton and noticed they were not having any luck.
The officer assisted the bouncer and was able to remove Wilton from the inside of the bar and eventually got her over to the cruiser. Shook said that the officer attempted to hand-cuff Wilton by taking her right hand. Apparently, Wilton wasn’t too pleased with this – she kicked the door and managed to turn herself around and sucker-punch the officer square in the face. Wilton’s hand had a mark on it from the incident and when the officer asked why she had such mark; Wilton admittedly said it was from punching.
Shook told Judge Paul that this wasn’t Wilton’s first time obstructing an officer and mentioned that alcohol clearly plays a role in this sort of behaviour.
Her defense attorney Roland Schmitt said Wilton doesn’t remember much from the incident but takes responsibility for her actions. He proposed a probationary period of six months to which Judge Paul agreed but instead imposed it as a suspended sentence.
Wilton isn’t allowed to enter any bar, pub or tavern during this time and has to abstain completely from the consumption of alcoholic beverages and any illicit substances.
She’ll also have to keep the peace, be of good behaviour and appear in court if needed.