A lawyer for just one of three co-accused facing more than 100 charges combined told the court he plans to call 17 witnesses.
Skyler James Page, Danielle L. Annable and Skye Desiree Sweeting were on Stettler provincial court’s court docket again Jan. 10.
All three defendants pleaded not guilty and elected to be tried by Court of Queens Bench judge alone.
Sweeting faces 11 charges of possession of stolen property, 19 charges of obtain/possess ID, one count of forgery, 22 counts of intent/gain advantage, 12 counts of fraud under $5,000, one count of possession forged document and one count of fraud over $5,000.
Pages faces 12 charges of possession of stolen property, 15 charges of obtain/possess ID, one charge of forgery and one charge of use forged document.
Annable faces three charges of fraud under $5,000 and five charges of intent/gain advantage.
Jason Snider from Red Deer represents Skye Desiree Sweeting. Lawyer Rodney Clark of Wetaskiwin is representing Annable and Craig Paterson of Ponoka is representing Page.
Judge Gordon Yake said the three lawyers are to work with the Crown, contact the trial coordinator and set a date for a preliminary hearing and a pre-trial conference.
Another 1,000 pages of disclosure were added last month to the 3,000 pages of disclosure and in August Judge W. A. Skinner said reading all the charges it would put everyone in the courtroom to sleep.
Crown prosecutor Bruce Ritter suggested the court set aside three days for the preliminary hearing.
The matter will be before Stettler provincial court again on Jan. 24.