2nd degree murder charge pursued against 17-year-old

Crown prosecutors on P.E.I. intend to seek a conviction of second-degree murder, rather than first-degree, against a 17-year-old girl charged in the stabbing death of a Charlottetown man in July.

Crown prosecutors on P.E.I. intend to seek a conviction of second-degree murder, rather than first-degree, against a 17-year-old girl charged in the stabbing death of a Charlottetown man in July.

The girl has been in custody since the July 11 stabbing of 45-year-old Kent David Gallant. She was arrested in the early morning hours of July 12 and charged with first-degree murder.

Crown prosecutor Valerie Moore announced Friday the decision to pursue the second-degree murder charge during a preliminary inquiry underway at Charlottetown provincial court.

Conviction on a charge of first-degree murder requires the Crown to prove the death was both planned and deliberate. Second-degree murder applies in other cases when someone intends to kill.

The Crown's evidence is being examined at this preliminary inquiry to determine if there's enough to go to trial.

There's a publication ban on all evidence presented at the inquiry. The girl cannot be identified because of her age.

The inquiry resumes Wednesday.