Crown Fast-Tracks University Of Alberta Shooting Case

08/29/2012 04:42 EDT | Updated 10/29/2012 05:12 EDT
Travis Baumgartner is taken out of a van by Canadian Border Services officers at the Aldergrove, British Columbia border crossing, Saturday, June 16, 2012. Baumgartner was stopped by customs at the United States border as he tried to enter the U.S. Baumgartner is wanted in a deadly armored car heist at a university in western Canada that left three armed guards dead, Friday. (AP Photo/Jonathan Hayward, The Canadian Press)
Crown prosecutors have decided to fast track the case against Travis Baumgartner, charged in the June robbery on the University of Alberta campus that left three armed guards dead and one wounded.

Baumgartner is charged with three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in the shooting at the HUB Mall on campus.

A directed indictment in the case was filed with Alberta Court of Queen's Bench on Tuesday.

That means the Crown seeks to skip a preliminary hearing, which determines if there is enough evidence to go to trial.

Instead, the case would proceed directly to trial.

"Anything that saves dragging on a painful process is good news," said Peter Ernst, the father of Michelle Shegelski, one of the guards. "I am happy that it’s proceeding."

Family members of Eddie Rejano also expressed relief the trial will be held sooner rather than later.

Baumgartner was one of five G4S security guards who were making a cash delivery to an ATM at the HUB Mall on campus June 15.

The 21-year-old is accused of shooting the other four guards, killing three of them, and fleeing with the money.

He was arrested the next day trying to enter the United States at a border crossing in B.C.

Baumgartner will appear in court on Sept. 7 for a trial date to be set.

Last week, friends and family of Brian Ilesic, one of the guards killed in the shooting, held a fundraiser to provide money for the man’s 12-year-old daughter.

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