The Crown has decided to drop a murder charge against a man accused of shooting and wounding two Mounties in rural Alberta.
Sawyer Robison had been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his uncle, Bradford Clark, after a standoff with RCMP officers on the family farm near Killam in February 2012.
The murder charge will be discontinued, however, when his preliminary hearing resumes in court on Monday, Alberta Justice spokeswoman Michelle Davio said Friday.
As CBC News exclusively reported last year, a forensics report prepared for the defense by a world-renowned blood spatter expert concluded Clark committed suicide.
Davio said the Crown prosecutor has now decided there was no reasonable likelihood of a conviction on the murder charge. She added that the murder charge could be refiled in the future.
Robison, who has been free on bail since June 29, 2012, will be tried on two counts of attempted murder as well as 15 weapons offences in connection with the shooting of RCMP constables Sheldon Shah and Sidney Gaudette on Feb. 7 of that year.