Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Murder trial dates set

From the Kingston Whig-Standard Online:

By Sue Yanagisawa

Trial dates have been set for a man charged with second-degree murder in the June 16, 2007, stabbing death of 50-year-old Amey's cab driver David Wayne Krick.

Richard Edmund Smith, 33, is scheduled to stand trial in late September in Kingston's Superior Court. Four weeks have been reserved for the presentation of evidence.

Krick was stabbed to death early in the morning on Father's Day three years ago, shortly after picking up a fare in the general vicinity of Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard and Princess Street.

He managed to send out a distress call before collapsing and was found by fellow drivers before 7 a.m., unconscious and dying on the sidewalk on Durham Street.

His cab -- No. 71, a top sign number that has since been retired from the Amey's fleet -- had been stolen, it's believed by his assailant.

The taxi was tracked by GPS as it was driven back to the Van Order Drive area that morning and it was found not long after it stopped moving. It had been abandoned in the parking lot of Queen's University's An Clachan apartment complex on MacPherson Avenue.

Police later disclosed that a man had been seen running in the area, but he eluded pursuit and disappeared into the surrounding neighbourhood.

Smith wasn't arrested and charged with the murder until four months later, in October. He's been in custody since his arrest.

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