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Suspect in Airdrie murder case undergoes psychiatric assessment

By: Paul Everest

  |  Posted: Monday, Apr 08, 2013 09:58 am

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A 23-year-old Olds man charged with first-degree murder in the death of an Airdrie man in January was scheduled to appear for a psychiatric assessment in Calgary on the morning of April 5.

Dustin Piper, who is accused of murdering 40-year-old Garland Curtis, made a brief appearance via closed-circuit television in an Airdrie courtroom on April 4 from the Calgary Remand Centre.

Lawyer Krysia Przepiorka made the request for the assessment on behalf of Piperís council, Rebecca Snukal.

Crown prosecutor Cameron Jose told the court the Crown is still waiting for the RCMPís major crimes unit to provide it with some outstanding information regarding Piperís case.

After Piperís appearance, Jose said the doctor who carried out the assessment on April 5 will determine if a more in-depth assessment is needed and then either the Crown, the defence or the court can apply for a further assessment to take place over the course of 30 days.

Although no details about how Curtis was killed or a possible motive for the murder have been released yet, Jose described the murder as ďextremely seriousĒ and said a senior Crown prosecutor will be assigned to the case.

Piperwas arrested on March 16 in Didsbury and has been in custody since that date.

Curtis was murdered on Jan. 10, court documents state, and police discovered his body at his Airdrie home during a welfare check two days later.

Curtisí1994 Saturn sedan was discovered abandoned at a business in Olds nine days after police found his body and investigators said the vehicle was driven here following the murder.

A man who identified himself as Joe and told reporters at Piperís first court appearance on March 21 that he had a relationship with Piper prior to his arrest has said Piper and Curtis were romantically involved.

While a woman who said she was a cousin of Curtis appeared at Piperís March 21 court appearance, no family members of either the victim or the accused were present on April 4.

The charge against Piper has not been proven in court.


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