Man accused of Whitehorse killing will face trial in November

The first-degree murder trial of Darryl Sheepway will take place Nov. 6 in Yukon Supreme Court.

The first-degree murder trial of Darryl Sheepway will take place Nov. 6 in Yukon Supreme Court.

It’s slated to run for six weeks, until Dec. 15.

Sheepway is accused of killing Christopher Brisson back in August 2015.

Jurors will have to determine whether Sheepway is guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder or manslaughter.

During a March 28 appearance, Sheepway’s lawyer, Lynn MacDiarmid, told Yukon Supreme Court his client admitted killing Brisson.

The 38-year-old offered to enter a guilty plea to manslaughter but the Crown prosecutor refused.

Accused charged with first- or second-degree murder can plead guilty to the lesser included offence of manslaughter, but this requires the consent of the Crown.

Sheepway also pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charge.

At the time MacDiarmid told the court she planned to retain a psychiatrist to testify about Sheepway’s state of mind when he killed Brisson.

“It’s not a fitness issue,” said MacDiarmid, referring to Sheepway’s ability to understand court proceedings. “It’s simply whether the defence of intoxication is made out.”

Brisson was 25 when he died.

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