Man charged in Fruitvale murder makes first court appearance

Charged with second degree murder, Jordan Shimell made his first appearance in the Rossland Courthouse on Monday.

Jordan Brian Shimell, charged with the second degree murder of Fruitvale man, made his first appearance in the Rossland Courthouse on Monday.

Shimell, 24, was on the court’s list to consult legal council following the Dec. 28 death of 52-year old Scott Douglas Decembrini.

He remains in custody pending the next hearing, which is slated for Wednesday at the Nelson Courthouse.

A judicial interim release (bail) decision is expected to follow Shimell’s second court appearance.

The case remains a Rossland Courthouse file and ideally all appearances should be made at that location, however with no court scheduled for Jan. 7, Shimell’s hearing was moved to Nelson.

Officers were called to a Fruitvale residence that Sunday at 9:51 p.m. following the report of a man suffering serious, life-threatening injuries.

Shimell, listed in in a police report as a resident of Rocky Mountain House, Alta, was arrested without incident at the scene.

The victim was rushed to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

While the accused and victim were known to each other, no further details are being released, including the cause or manner of death.

With assistance from the Kootenay Boundary Regional District RCMP and Trail & Greater District RCMP, the BC RCMP Southeast District Major Crimes Unit continues to investigate. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the police (and can remain anonymous) at 250.364.2566 or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477.

When a person is not released from custody upon being arrested or detained for a criminal offence by the RCMP, the individual must be brought before a justice of the peace or a Judge for a bail hearing within 24 hours or as soon as possible under Section 503 of the Criminal Code of Canada relating to judicial interim release.

Under Section 515 of the Criminal Code, the accused must be released on an undertaking without conditions unless the prosecutor shows cause as to why detention or stricter bail is required.

If the Crown seeks bail with conditions, or detention, the Crown Prosecutor must show one of three specific causes to the justice.

Primary ground refers to ensuring the accused’s attendance in court; secondary takes into account the protection and safety of the public from further crime or witness interference; and the tertiary ground is meant to maintain public confidence in the administration of justice.

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