Jury in Cranbrook BC Supreme Court to Hear Over Sexual Assault Case

With the voir dire out of the way, 12 members of the public will hear testimonies from witnesses and the victim this week.

Matthew Allan Buxton is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his home in October 2016, as well as assault and uttering death threats.

The trial originally ran last fall, but Judge Anthony Saunders says he was forced to declare a mistrial after the defence argued that bias in the jury might have been created against his client.

The case is starting over from scratch this week, but this time, with Madame Justice Murray presiding over the courtroom.

In the voir dire Tuesday afternoon, the crown, defence, and judge went over what shall and shall not be deemed admissible in the trial. Buxton's statements to RCMP were also played back via video.

With that out of the way, an all-new 12-person jury, none of whom were part of the original trial, will be in Cranbrook BC Supreme Court for the start of the trial proper Wednesday morning. Jury selection was held Tuesday morning.

All evidence, including testimonies from witnesses and the victim, will need to be presented again.

Six days in the courtroom have been reserved for the trial.

- David Opinko

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