Alberta murder trial arraignment date postponed

A scheduled Sept. 26 arraignment date for former Revelstoke resident Brandon Cruickshank has been postponed until Oct. 17.

UPDATE at bottom of story

A scheduled Sept. 26 arraignment date for former Revelstoke resident Brandon Cruickshank has been postponed until Oct. 17.

Cruickshank is facing two counts of first degree murder stemming from an Oct. 14, 2010 shooting near Cold Lake, Alta. The objective of the arraignment is to set a trial date.

Jeff Rudiak is the Chief Crown Prosecutor in the St. Paul, Alta. prosecutor’s office. Rudiak told the Times Review the delay was routine.

He said it would likely be a year before the trial commenced and estimated the trial could last a month to six weeks.

Brandon Cruickshank, 19, entered a plea of not guilty to two counts of first degree murder in Cold Lake Provincial Court on Jan. 12, 2011.

The charges stem from an Oct. 14, 2010 shooting on a rural property near Cold Lake, Alta. that left two men dead. Jimmy Armillotta, 27, of Revelstoke and Fil Kedzior, 21, who has some connections to Revelstoke, were found dead on the scene after a neighbour reported a man with a gun outside the remote property in the early morning hours.

UPDATE:

2:45 p.m. Oct.20

On Oct. 20, Chief Crown Prosecutor Jeff Rudiak updated the Times Review on the Oct. 17 arraignment. There was another routine delay and the arraignment was postponed until Oct. 31. The Times Review will provide another update after Oct. 31.