03/22/2016 14:51 EDT | Updated 03/23/2017 01:12 EDT

Preliminary hearing set for Bathurst police officers on manslaughter charges

BATHURST, N.B. — Twelve days have been set aside for a preliminary hearing for two New Brunswick police officers charged in the shooting death of a Bathurst businessman.

Constables Patrick Bulger and Mathieu Boudreau of the Bathurst City Police each face charges of manslaughter with a weapon, assault with a weapon and unlawfully pointing a firearm.

The 51-year-old victim, Michel Vienneau, was shot in his vehicle near the Bathurst train station in January 2015.

Police have said the shooting occurred during a drug investigation.

An investigation by Nova Scotia RCMP revealed that Vienneau, who owned an electronics store, was not involved in criminal activity.

The preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 23-26, Sept. 6-9 and Oct. 4-7.

Bulger and Boudreau have elected to be tried by a judge and jury.

The Canadian Press