Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alleged B.C. Gang Leader Faces New Charges as Related Trial Draws to a Close

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alleged B.C. Gang Leader Faces New Charges as Related Trial Draws to a Close

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New charges against B.C. gang leader

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VANCOUVER - An alleged gang leader already accused in a high-profile murder case in British Columbia is facing new allegations that he attempted to convince someone to kill a member of the same gang, according to a court document.

The new charges against Jamie Bacon were revealed Monday, just as the trial for two men involving the October 2007 murders of six people in Surrey, B.C. wrapped up in Vancouver. Bacon is awaiting trial in the same case.

Bacon was in court for his first appearance on three charges, including counselling someone to commit murder, as well as two other charges related to acting for the benefit of a criminal organization.

An indictment filed with the court identified the alleged target as a man who has figured prominently in the ongoing murder trial. The man, whose name is covered by a publication ban in the Surrey case and can only be referred to as Person X, pleaded guilty in April 2009 to three counts of second-degree murder and is serving a life sentence.

The indictment alleges Bacon counselled another man to murder Person X sometime between Nov. 30, 2008 and Jan. 2, 2009. The indictment notes that the murder did not occur.

Person X was expected to testify against Cody Haevischer and Matthew Johnston, who are each charged with conspiracy and six counts of first-degree murder in the Surrey shooting.

However, the judge in the Haevischer and Johnston trial ruled last year that Person X's evidence was inadmissible for reasons that have never been made public.

Bacon is also charged with conspiracy and one count of first-degree murder in that case. The Crown has suggested Bacon's murder trial could be heard early next year.

As Bacon appeared in court on Monday, Haevischer and Johnston sat in a secure courtroom four floors below for the final day of their trial after nearly 10 months of testimony. …

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