By Treena Mielke
A 28-year-old Sylvan Lake man, charged with first-degree murder in the death of his father, Patrick Alexander Freeman earlier this summer, made his second court appearance in Rimbey provincial court, Friday via closed circuit TV.
Patrick Freeman, now in custody in Edmonton Remand Centre, appeared via CCTV.
His preliminary hearing was set for May 28 and 29, 2020 in Rimbey Provincial Court.
Freeman first appeared in court Aug. 2 and was ordered by Judge W.A. Skinner to return to Rimbey court Sept. 6.
and is to remain in custody until that time. Skinner said a trial date or plea would then be set.
Freeman made his first appearance in Red Deer Provincial court in July.
Rimbey RCMP responded to a call to a rural area in Lacombe County about 4 p.m. on Monday, June 24 when Freeman’s 61-year-old father was found with “significant” injuries. Alberta Health Services said he was taken to the hospital in Rimbey in critical condition. He was later flown by STARS air ambulance to Calgary’s Foothills Medical Centre where he succumbed to his injuries.
The Freeman family is from the Bentley area.