The trial of a man accused of killing an off-duty police officer in the summer of 2020 on Baker Street in Nelson began Tuesday in Nelson court.
This week’s proceedings consist of pre-trial motions on which there is a publication ban. The actual trial starts March 6.
Alex Willness is charged with manslaughter following an incident on July 16, 2020 in which Const. Allan Young of the Abbotsford Police Department was injured. Young died of his injuries five days later.
Nelson Police Department said at the time that Young was struck with an object after approaching a 26-year-old man who “was causing a disturbance in the roadway.”
Willness has been in custody since he was charged in March 2021.
Prior to his death, Young had served in the Toronto Police Service before joining the Abbotsford Police Department in 2004.