Edmonton

Court stays attempted murder charge against Twitchell

An attempted murder charge faced by convicted killer Mark Twitchell in the attack on Gilles Tetreault was stayed Friday in an Edmonton courtroom.
Gilles Tetreault, left, approaches the Edmonton courthouse accompanied by Det. Bill Clark on April 1 before testifying at the trial of aspiring filmmaker Mark Twitchell. (CBC)

An attempted murder charge laid against convicted killer Mark Twitchell for the 2008 attack on Gilles Tetreault was stayed Friday in an Edmonton courtroom.

The charge was stayed because Crown prosecutors felt it was unnecessary to hold another trial.  

Twitchell, 31,  is already serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years after he was convicted of first-degree murder in the Oct. 10, 2008, slaying and dismemberment of Johnny Altinger, 38, in a south Edmonton garage.

Tetreault transfixed the jury at Twitchell's murder trial with his testimony about how he escaped from an attack in the same garage one week before Altinger was slain.

Mark Twitchell is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years for the murder of Johnny Altinger. (CBC)
Like Altinger, Tetreault was lured to the garage through an online dating site.

As soon as he arrived, Tetreault testified he was attacked by a man wearing a goalie mask. He was able to fight back and get away.

Last month, Twitchell filed an appeal of the conviction and the length of his sentence.

 

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