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Edmonton man charged with attempted murder will return to court in spring

An Edmonton man who allegedly attempted to murder a Deer Ridge resident will have to wait until spring to find out if he will stand trial.

Willie Jay Severight, 46, was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, possession of a dangerous weapon, uttering threats, resisting arrest and mischief to property, following an altercation at a Deer Ridge residence in May.

At approximately 10 p.m. on May 16, police were called to the residence because of a disturbance. Officers found Eugene Chamczuk, 46, bleeding profusely from his arm.

Chamczuk told RCMP that an acquaintance had attacked him with an edged weapon and he was wounded defending himself. The police report confirms Severight was charged with possession of a knife.

The victim was taken to hospital and treated for a “severe” cut on his arm. He was later released.

On Monday, Severight pleaded not guilty to all charges and elected a trial by a Court of Queen’s Bench judge alone.

He appeared in St. Albert Provincial Court by closed-circuit television. Severight remains in custody at the Edmonton Remand Centre.

Defence counsel David Lloyd ordered a mental fitness assessment on June 13, claiming that Severight was not criminally responsible at the time the charges were laid.

Severight will appear in St. Albert Provincial court on April 10, 2017 for a preliminary hearing. The hearing will determine if Severight will stand trial.

Michelle Ferguson: