Trial dates set, judge to determine if teen charged in officer death to be released

Sgt. Andrew Harnett, 37, of the Calgary Police Service is shown in this undated handout image provided by the police service. The service says Harnett, a 12-year veteran of the force, died on Thursday night after being hit by a driver allegedly fleeing a traffic stop. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Calgary Police Service

Trial dates have been set for two people charged with first-degree murder in the hit-and-run death of a Calgary police officer.

The alleged driver of an SUV, who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was 17 when he was arrested following the death of Sgt. Andrew Harnett on New Year's Eve.

Police have said Harnett was dragged by the SUV before he fell away from the vehicle and was hit by another car.

The accused, who is now 18, is to have a 10-day trial starting Jan. 31, 2022.

The alleged passenger in the vehicle is scheduled to go to trial Dec. 6.

Justice April Grosse is also to release a decision July 14 on whether the teen can be released from custody and placed in the care of a responsible adult until his trial begins.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 30, 2021