Calgary

Verdict in October for youth accused of shooting German tourist west of Calgary

A judge is to rule in October whether a youth is guilty of shooting a German tourist in the head on a highway west of Calgary.

Horst Stewin shot in head on trip to Canada with family to celebrate 60th birthday

German tourist Horst Stewin was driving this Dodge Durango when he was shot in the head by a stranger along Highway 1A west of Calgary in the summer of 2018. (Court exhibit)

A judge is to rule in October whether a youth is guilty of shooting a German tourist in the head on a highway west of Calgary.

The teen from the Stoney Nakoda First Nation is charged with aggravated assault and recklessly discharging a firearm during an offence. He cannot be identified under Canada's Youth Criminal Justice Act because he was 16 at the time.

Horst Stewin was driving a black SUV on the First Nation's land with his family when someone in a passing car shot him.

His car veered off the highway and crashed into some trees.

Stewin survived, but the trial heard he is paralyzed on his right side, gets confused and has memory issues.

The Crown says when all the evidence is considered, it has completely proven its case against the accused.

Defence lawyer Balfour Der says none of the chief Crown witnesses had any credibility and his client should go free.