A judge denied bail to Michael Roebuck, the Airdrie man accused of fatally shooting his neighbour in 2019.

Roebuck, 62, appeared in Calgary court last week on Thursday to seek bail, however, Justice Willie deWit​​​​​​, ruled that Roebuck will remain in custody until his trial begins this fall. He is currently facing a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Daniel MacDonald in September 2019. 

Roebuck initially pled guilty to second-degree murder on November 1st, 2021 at the Court of Queen's Bench in Calgary, during the first day of his scheduled trial, but he refused to sign the agreed statement of facts then and asked for time to find a new legal counsel. 

On November 19th, 2021, Michael Roebuck appeared in the Calgary Court of Queens Bench in Criminal Arraignment Court (CAC) with a new lawyer which meant that the crown would proceed with the first-degree charge in a new trial.

On September 7th, 2019 at around 5:00 pm, police responded to the neighbourhood in response to shots fired.  MacDonald was pronounced dead at the scene. The two men were said to be neighbours who knew each other. MacDonald was 57 at the time of his death. 

The judge-alone trial is slated to commence on October 11th 2022. 

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