Guthro trial should start Monday 0
SEAN CHASE Ryan Guthro, charged in the death of a Golden Lake man, will go on trial next Monday. Ashley Commanda died on this road at Golden Lake First Nation in September, 2009.
Jury selection in a first-degree murder trial of Ryan Guthro is expected to begin next Monday.
On Tuesday, the first day of an anticipated four-week trial, Superior Court Justice Robert Smith heard arguments on a number of pre-trial motions from Crown attorney Peter Barnes and defence attorney Jeff Schroeder of the Ottawa law firm Webber Schroeder Goldstein Abergel. Many of the motions dealt with the admissibility of evidence proposed to be called at trial. The publication of details of the motions, arguments and decisions of the judge is banned by a court order imposed at the start of the proceedings.
Mr. Guthro, 27, is facing the murder charge in connection with the September 2009 death of Ashley Commanda, 35, of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation.
During much of the proceedings the accused, with his long hair pulled back into a ponytail, blue plaid shirt and blue pants, sat with his head down in the prisoner dock.
It is expected pre-trial motions will continue this week and prospective jurors will be called to court on Sept. 10.
The trial was originally scheduled to start in October 2011, but was adjourned nearly a year.
Tina Peplinskie is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist