Homicide Suspect to Go to Trial on Lesser Charge

Friday, February 20, 2004 at 13:03



A youth that was accused of helping to kill a Grandmother’s Bay man last summer is no longer charged with second degree murder.


The teenage boy has been committed to stand trial in Court of Queen’s Bench on a charge of assault.


He was one of 3 individuals that were initially charged with second degree murder following the stabbing death of 24-year-old Michael C. Ballantyne last July.


Ballantyne’s body was discovered on a street in Grandmother’s Bay in broad daylight.


Last month, one of the co-accused in the case, 19-year-old Isaiah Charles, also had his second-degree murder charge reduced to assault and was also committed to stand trial.


The other youth facing a charge in the case is due back in court on March 11th for the continuation of his preliminary hearing.