A lawyer for Amir Abdulrahman, one of two charged in the hit-and-run death of a Calgary police officer, says his client’s trial will not start next week.
A jury trial was set for Monday on a first-degree murder charge. Sgt. Andrew Harnett, 37, stopped a vehicle in the northeast community of Falconridge at about 10:50 p.m. when the driver sped off, striking him. The officer was hit and dragged before he fell and was struck by another car.
“He was born to be a police officer and he knew it,” his brother Jason Harnett told reporters at the time. “He just had a passion to serve. There was right and wrong, and he really believed in that."
“Nobody ever wants to receive a phone call like that,” Harnett said about learning of his brother’s death. “He really cared about his family and we’re going to deeply miss him.
"A lot of the country, a lot of the provinces were looking forward to moving ahead into better times for 2021, and here we are with this devastating news."
Abdulrahman was a passenger in the SUV, whereas the driver, Al-Azan Shah Muhammad, is also charged with first-degree murder. Although Muhammad was 17-years-old at the time of the murder, which occurred 11 days earlier before his 18th birthday, the Crown pursued a stricter sentence, denied bail and charged him as an adult.
Muhammad's trial is currently set for January 31st.