The provincial crown on Tuesday, Nov. 16, stayed charges against two Grand Forks men accused of a raft of violent crimes, according to online court documents.
Joel Henry, 42, and Taylor Holley, 30, were charged on July 16, 2020 with robbery, aggravated assault, assault causing bodily harm, forcible confinement without lawful authority and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, all of which the Crown alleged were committed in Grand Forks the day before.
Both of the accused chose last January to be tried by a provincial judge alone, having entered not guilty pleas at the city courthouse.
Dan McLaughlin, spokesperson for the BC Prosecution Service, said the Crown decided not to proceed after receiving new relevant information shortly before the co-accused were due to stand trial.
“After reviewing this new information and all the other available evidence, the prosecutor concluded that the charge approval standard could no longer be met,” he explained.
In granting a stay of proceedings (SOP), the Crown can resume prosecution against an accused within one year of the SOP, although in practice, this tends to be rare.