Teenage friends of murder accused in shock
Show-cause hearing in first-degree murder case adjourned to August
A 17-year-old Charlottetown girl accused of stabbing a man to death on Friday appeared in court Wednesday, with a group of her friends there to support her.
She's a good kid, she always has been.- friend of accused
The accused cannot be identified because of her age.
The courtroom was nearly full for the girl's appearance. She wore a pink T-shirt, black pants, sneakers, and shackles on her hands and feet. She was in provincial court for a show cause hearing, to determine whether she'll have to remain in custody as her first-degree murder case goes forward.
Outside of court, the girl's friends spoke to CBC News as they waited for the proceedings to start. She was arrested near the crime scene on Brows Lane, accused of stabbing 45-year-old Kent David Gallant.
"I didn't believe it. I couldn't believe it. She's the nicest person I know," said one friend.
"She's a good kid, she always has been. Good in school, good outside of school, never in trouble with the law."
The girl said the accused's friends turned out to show her she was still loved and that they are there for her.
The accused has been in custody ever since her arrest early Saturday morning.
In court Wednesday both the Crown and defence lawyers called it a complex case, and both said they need more time to build arguments around whether the teen should remain in custody. The judge agreed to postpone the hearing, and send her back to P.E.I.'s youth correctional facility in Summerside.
A new show-cause hearing is scheduled for Aug. 19.