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Manslaughter trial for Castlegar officer scheduled for early September

After more than five years, jury selection is finally slated for Sept. 8 in Nelson for a Castlegar RCMP officer charged with manslaughter.

Castlegar RCMP Const. Jason Tait has elected for trial by jury to face charges stemming from the Jan. 29, 2015 shooting death of Waylon Jesse Edey of Yahk, B.C. during an attempted traffic stop on Kinnaird Bridge (Hwy 3) heading toward Columbia Avenue.

The Edey family also launched civil proceedings against the officer in 2016, in which it was revealed that the deceased had a history of impaired driving. Defendants argued the officer was defending himself and the public from harm, while the suit contended that the death of the deceased was wrongful and was caused by the negligence or recklessness of the defendant

See previous coverage: https://trailchampion.com/news/coroner-releases-name-deceased-officer-involved-fatal-shooting-35940