Fruitvale homicide case in Rossland court

Jordan Shimell, 25, is charged with murder of a Fruitvale man.

A local homicide case is being heard for a second week in Rossland Supreme Court.

Jordan Shimell, 25, is charged with one count of murder under section 235 of the Criminal Code of Canada following the Dec. 28, 2014 death of a Fruitvale man.

Greater Trail officers were called to a Fruitvale home that Sunday at 9:51 p.m. with reports of a man suffering serious, life-threatening injuries.

The victim, Scott Decembrini, was rushed to Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Police said Shimell and Decembrini, 52, were known to each other but further details have not released pending trial, including the cause or manner of death.

Shimell has remained in police custody since his arrest at the scene, and earlier this year, plead ‘Not Guilty’ to the second degree murder charge.

There is a publication ban on the court proceedings.

Ken Wyllie is defending Shimell. Phillip Seagram, deputy regional crown counsel from Nelson is listed as crown counsel, and B.C. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Kelleher was presiding over the case on Thursday.

The case was moved to Rossland Supreme Court because offences under section 235 (1st or 2nd degree) are exclusive jurisdiction offences under section 469 and cannot be tried by a provincial court judge.

When an accused is charged with any offence listed under 469, including 235, he will be remanded into custody and may only be released by a superior court judge.