The man accused in the brazen shooting death of 28-year-old Craig Widdifield in South Surrey nearly three years ago is to be tried by judge and jury in B.C. Supreme Court next fall.
According to court officials, Brody Paterson’s trial is scheduled to get underway on Sept. 19. The proceedings were scheduled during an appearance last week in New Westminster.
Paterson, 21, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the killing of Widdifield, who was gunned down in what police described as a targeted shooting on April 24, 2013, in the 15700-block of Croydon Drive.
Shots rang out around 7 p.m., and Widdifield’s body was found in a parking lot, near a toy store and coffee shop, by a walkway leading to the Steve Nash Sports Club and overhead condominiums.
At the time, police told media that Widdifield was known to police “for this lifestyle.”
Widdifield’s father, Jim, later told Peace Arch News that his son had “made some mistakes in his life – mistakes in judgment – and paid for them,” but had been turning his life around and was excited about a new business venture that would take him and his young family away from his previous lifestyle.
In announcing Paterson’s arrest the following October, Integrated Homicide Investigation Team Asst. Supt. Dwayne McDonald described Widdifield’s death as a “murder conspiracy.”
A pre-trial conference has been set for March 9, and jury selection is scheduled for Aug. 30.