Murder Trial Scheduled Next Spring for Calgary White Supremacist
A lengthy trial has been set for next spring for a known white supremacist facing second-degree murder charges in connection with the death of Mark Mariani in October 2010.
Tyler William Sturrup, 27, will face a jury in the five-week trial commencing April 22. Prior to that, there will be a three-week hearing on pre-trial motions in a voir dire (trial within a trial) beginning on March 4.
Sturrup is jointly accused with Robert David Reitmeier, 25, who will be tried separately starting Dec. 4, 2013.
The so-called skinheads are suspected leaders of the Western European Bloodline white pride group - one of two known white supremacist groups in Calgary since the disbanding of the Aryan Guard.
They were charged last year with causing the death of Mariani, 47, who was attacked in an alley in the 1500 block of 16th Avenue N.W.
Police investigators have said although the two suspects are white supremacists, there is no indication that affiliation had any connection to the apparently unprovoked crime.